Finding the right employee requires a lot of time and money. If you want your recruiting efforts to prove worthwhile, your hires have to be productive right away and remain with company for many years. To achieve those goals, avoid making these common management mistakes:
- Criticizing publicly. All professionals accept the need for critiques to improve their performance. But nobody likes to be berated in public. A browbeaten employee pays more attention to his feelings of embarrassment and anger rather than to what you have to say. Always offer constructive criticism in private where you can also both come up with ways to improve the situation. Reserve public communications for praise.
- Being too friendly. You realize that people who like each other work better together and are happier. So you want to be approachable and encourage positive interactions. However, remember that your workplace is not a party. Your primary function is to meet company goals with the human resources you have. That may mean having to make tough decisions. You can do that only if you remain objective about your subordinate’s strengths and weakness. Walk the fine line between being a boss and a friend.
- Micromanaging. Experienced contractors are used to working independently to reach a common objective. They are not used to someone telling them how to do every detail. Explain to your employees what you expect, the deadlines they have, and then allow them to complete their tasks on their own. Check in from time to time and offer help only if they’re not meeting their schedules or standards.
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