Monday, September 22, 2014

Do your employees think you're awful?

I found this interesting article on Forbes, providing 5 Signs Your Employees Think You're Awful. The article gives several hints to recognize when your employees don't trust you. If your teams don't have trust in their leaders, your teams will lack cohesiveness. In the end, you will find it difficult to get anything done.

Do you recognize any of these reflected in your leadership or organization?

1. Conversations stop when you show up.
"If you walk into a room where your employees are talking and it suddenly gets quiet; or (even worse) people look slightly guilty or won’t meet your eyes; or (worst of all) people get up and leave with muttered excuses—that’s bad. It either means that they’re saying bad things about you when you’re not around, or that they’re unwilling just on principle to let you know what they’re saying."
2. Many people suck up to you.
"In any group, there are generally one or two people who believe the best way to get ahead is to be a sycophant. But if lots of your folks consistently focus on flattering you and trying to curry favor with you, it means that they believe the only way to be safe and successful in your sphere is to pretend to agree with everything you think or say. This is not how people deal with someone they respect and trust."
3. You can’t get people to speak up in meetings.
"Executives often blame this on their people (“risk-averse,” “no ideas,” unwilling to step up,” etc.) But generally speaking, if you’re asking people for their ideas and opinions at meetings, and you’re consistently not getting anything back but silence and blank looks—they either think you’re going to respond badly or they’ve become so disengaged that they can’t be bothered."
4. You don’t hear about bad stuff until it’s too late.
"This simply means that people are afraid to tell you the truth—so they try their best to hide tough facts for fear of repercussions."
5. You dismiss feedback about your management or leadership.
"If people are actually brave enough to tell you about things you’re doing that aren’t working, and your consistent response is to disagree or rationalize—or even to shoot the messenger … your employees definitely think you’re awful. In fact, it’s probably what they were talking about when you came into the lunchroom and everyone shut up and looked guilty."

If you recognize any of these behaviors with your teams, make an honest evaluation of how you are viewed by those around you. Is there trust? Ask for coaching from those with whom you do have a relationship, and ask for their feedback and insight. Remember, feedback is a gift.
photo: Kumar Appaiah

1 comment:

  1. Well, it's not hard to realize when your employees, or even your co-workers, are not very fond of you. At any rate, there are lots of ways to avoid conflict in the workplace, I just hope superiors are well-aware of them. Hahaha! Thanks for sharing those tips, by the way! All the best to you, Jim!

    Betty Rose @ Phenix Investigations

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