In addition to social and financial security and opportunities for advancement, other factors have long been on the list of reasons that bind employees to their company. A good working atmosphere, a pleasant working atmosphere or more flexible working hours have long since become reasons for or against a job. The manager also plays a very important role. If the handling or management style is not right, many employees are no longer afraid to quit because of it. So if you are the boss and want to retain your employees for the long term, you should definitely avoid the following mistakes.
# 1 injustice
Injustice and unfair behavior are not really appropriate in any job position. But especially as a boss, you should make sure that you treat your employees fairly. For example, if you let go of one mistake and not the other, distribute the work unevenly so that the same employee always has most of the tasks, or encourage someone in particular and neglect others, this will quickly become apparent and cause unrest among colleagues . Once resentment has spread, it is difficult to undo it.
# 2 Don’t listen
It is particularly important that the communication between boss and employee is correct so that there can be no misunderstandings. It is essential that the communication is not just one-sided and consists of instructions from you that should be followed. Feedback from employees is also a building block in the communication chain that forms the basis for a successful company. So listen to what your employees have to say to you, take feedback, problems, concerns and criticism seriously. Only when your employees feel that they have been heard will they feel that they are making a meaningful contribution.
# 3 Employee overload
Executives quickly tend to give the most work to their best employees. After all, they always master every task, work overtime without complaining and always seem to have a solution ready. But don’t forget that even your most stress-resistant employee has a limited capacity and the energy will eventually run out. In order to have healthy, satisfied and productive employees in the long term, you should not overload them permanently.
# 4 arrogance
Regardless of whether you work in a company that is structured according to a classic hierarchy or in which the tone is more relaxed: Arrogance is out of place. If you as the boss give the impression that you consider yourself to be something better, the employees will quickly feel inadequate. Better to shine with your leadership skills, your achievements and set a good example with your work ethic. This will automatically earn you the respect of your employees.
# 5 Inconsistency
Perhaps it happens quite unconsciously that you now and then make promises that you cannot keep in the end. Sometimes the intention is certainly not malicious either. Still, inconsistency can become a major problem when your employees realize they are unable to keep your word no matter what. At some point you will no longer be believed and you will no longer be taken seriously in your role. So be consistent, keep your promises and follow up with actions.
# 6 Too little humanity
Of course there is a lot of pressure on your shoulders and in the end you have to answer for the numbers or for mistakes that have happened. However, your employees are much more than just numbers on paper. They are human beings and, as such, are also controlled by emotions. Too little humanity in the workplace can quickly lead to frustration and a hypothermic mood. Set the tone here, inquire about your employees, consciously distribute praise and give feedback, because everyone likes to feel valued. Always be open and do your best so that no employee is afraid to contact you. You will notice that this creates an echo and you can thus increase motivation and commitment.