Even the strongest of managers are prone to making mistakes, and some mistakes can carry major weight, throwing off the team, causing discord and hurting the direction of the organization. As a business owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day, which is why it is crucial to step back every once and awhile and ask: Are you making these management mistakes?
Most people know when you want something done right, you need to do it yourself — right? If you are in management, this line of thinking is completely wrong, but so many managers fall victim to it and, as a result, micromanage their teams. Micromanaging can have negative consequences for both the manager and the subordinate: The manager can become overburdened and stressed, while the subordinate feels patronized, undervalued and stressed by the constant hovering of the manager.
Being too hands off
On the other end of the management spectrum, it is possible for managers to be too hands off with their employees. While it is important to give subordinates room to do their jobs and take on new challenges, being too hands off can cause communication problems and lead to unpleasant surprises. It’s important for managers to check in with employees to get progress reports and answer questions on projects or day-to-day operations to make sure that employees are staying on track.
Not providing feedback
Whether positive or negative, your employees need feedback. Feedback allows employees to understand what they’re doing well and what they could improve upon. Without constructive feedback, employees can’t grow and improve within an organization. And without positive feedback, employees will feel undervalued within an organization, which can lead to a lack of motivation.
Not accepting feedback
Managers also need to be on the receiving end of feedback. Many managers fail here, however: They can make themselves too busy to talk to employees, or they can shut down and fail to listen when employees offer criticisms or suggestions for improving on a product or process. Accepting feedback from employees allows managers to be on top of any potential problems and can help an organization to improve its operations.
Being too friendly with employees
When you see the same people day after day, it’s natural to become familiar, and it’s common for managers to become overly familiar or friendly with employees. While it’s good to have a positive working environment, there still must be social boundaries between manager and employees. Being too friendly can lead to employees taking advantage of your friendship, and it can make for difficult business decisions.
Not developing as a leader
All good business owners and managers focus on training and developing for their employees and subordinates. Often they forget to take the same opportunities for themselves. Just like any other level of employee, business owners and managers can have weaknesses or lack skills that harm the organization. All leaders should take time to develop their skills to better the function of the organization.