If your employee was to describe you…

 I for Idiot, A for Arrogant, R for Rascal… is how a person describes his boss over the phone in a television advertisement for a website offering employment. The ‘advertisement’ should make all managers think. What ‘words’ would they use to describe them if they had no fear of losing their jobs. And, if it rings not-so- positive sounds, it is time to do something about it. Here are some suggestions:

Be fair: As a person at the helm of affairs, least people want is to see you as being unfair and showing favourtism. Provide opportunities to all, nurtur them and given them a chance to learn and grow in their careers.

Strengthen communication with employees: If your team members are scared of you, it is the biggest hurdle in communication. You end up being surrounded by people who say ‘yes’ to you all the time. Respect people, trust them and encourage ideas. Make yourself accessable so that employees could reach you when they need to.

Know your employees better: It is critical for managers to know the employees better- their strengths,weaknesses, skills, talents, attitude and temperant. Regular performance appraisals are useful but knowing them on a personal basis is always better. This could be done by spending time with them. It may sound difficult in our fast-paced lives, but a few minutes could always be found out. Having an informal chat over a coffee helps to know them better.

 • Share your vision with the employees: This is the most important task of a manager but is often forgotton. In the absence of it, very few employes feel engaged with you and the organization. If everyone shares a common vision, the results are amzing. Sharing the vision and allowing all to own it, feel for it and contribute towards it – is the primary duty of a leader. This way employees find the link between their individual outputs to a larger goal and feel connected with the organization.

 • Be action-oriented: Walk the talk is the best way. Think of what is expected of you as a manager and deliver it. Employees respect a manager who delivers and assumes responsibility for his/her actions.

 • Demonstrate principle-centered leadership: Management without values and principles means nothing. Values such as integrity and transparancy should never be compromised.

…Employees should respect managers as a person. If that happens they will find better words to describe you.

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6 Responses to If your employee was to describe you…

  1. MOHD.ALI QAISAR says:

    Definitely ‘COMMUNICATION’ is very important…as ‘COMMUNICATION’ means common understanding among people…it is the act of making one’s ideas & opinions known to others. We all must try to be a good communicator, which also means being a good listener.
    Communication at workplace between the boss and employeees is so important. A boss who commuicates clearly and effecively is always respected and admired.

  2. Indira Hettiarachchi says:

    Hi Afsar. This article is very useful particularly to some of the upcoming managers. I will share it with others including my sons.I wonder whether you could add something on deligation, regular follow up and feed back from a management point of view, which I find very useful.

  3. Dr.Anurag Verma says:

    Dear Afsar Saheb,
    This is an ideal prescription for a sure shot managerial winner and most of us ,honestly, do use only SOME of the ingredients and still get away with it and cover ourselves with glory.Personally OWNING UP has always helped whether it be good or bad ,all colleagues and staff and of course the Top man has enough sense to appreciate our sincerity of purpose.To some it may come naturally else the prescription is still there.

  4. hoori says:

    Inter-personal relationship at work place is very important. We should always remember that our manager or boss also have lots of responsibilities to perform so we should be less demanding and always be a helping hand. Employees also need to be more communicative with their bosses. Then only individual as well as organizational goals can be realised, and workplaces can become more productive.

  5. RobD says:

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds too now, Thanks.

  6. S M Baqar says:

    It is a very good article. I was thinking it from both the perspectives i.e from emloyee’s side also. If you are a employee and apply suggested steps you will be able to establish a very good relationship with your boss.

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