If you want to be successful as a manager, a business owner, or a leader, then the people who you lead need to take you seriously. This tends to be pretty challenging, especially if you’re recently promoted or not used to being in a leadership role. But, no matter how long you’ve been in these positions, sometimes earning the respect of those around you can be a challenging task. Since Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is committed to providing an atmosphere that gives our employees the resources that they would need to be successful in Management roles moving forward, when we saw this article on www.under30ceo.com/ we decided to share it with our people!
How to get taken seriously by your employees:
1. Separate BUSINESS from PERSONAL:
It’s important for your employees to see you as the boss and think of you in that role. Bringing too much of your personal life into that equation can be troublesome. Don’t talk to your employees about your dating adventures, or spend hours on personal calls at the office. Nobody will take you seriously if they see these personal parts of your life. It is important for your people to see you as a boss.
2. Set an example with time:
Do you want your employees to show up for work on time? Do you want them to put in a full and productive work day? The answer of course, is YES. But, if you take two hour lunches every day and cut out of the office at 3:00 on Friday, then don’t be surprised if your people start adopting the same habits. Set a good example and demonstrate the behavior you want to encourage.
3. Don’t pass the buck:
Leaders get a lot of credit when things go well. But, they have to take responsibility when things go badly too. Don’t think you can, “pass the buck” and shift the blame to your employees. What they do under your leadership is a direct reflection of your management ability. If workers need more training, better supervision, or even reassignment to other duties, it’s YOUR job to make that happen.
Treat them like employees, not servants:
Unless this is your personal assistant, remember that they are employees of your company and not your servants. They come to work to accomplish corporate objectives, not to pick up your dry cleaning, buy your theatre tickets, or run out and pick up coffee. It’s demeaning for them to do these things. It shows that you don’t value their real job because you would rather them take time out of your day to do these menial tasks. If you want your people to be productive, you have to make them feel valued. You can do this by organizing weekly meetings and letting your employees talk freely about their concerns. Treat them like humans, not numbers. Everyone has problems, so as a boss, it’s your job to fix them.
4. Keep confidential information to yourself:
As a manager, you have a lot of information that comes your way on a day to day basis. This includes company plans, personnel issues, budget numbers, and salary figures. When this information is shared with you from an employee on a confidential basis, you NEED to keep it that way. Sharing private information is a big no-no. If you don’t want your employees talking about this information with each other, you have to set the right example first and not talk about it with them. As a boss, your people need to trust you. This can only be achieved if your relationship is professional and respectful.
5. Help your team out:
When there is a fast approaching deadline or task to be accomplished, it’s normal that you ask your team to put in some overtime hours, right? Well, it really helps them stay focused and motivated if you’re willing to do some extra work too. If you’re out enjoying your weekend while they’re slaving away, it can foster resentment. See what you can do to chip in and help out. Put in some extra effort yourself and make it a team effort. They will respect you more simply for the fact that you’re willing to go the extra mile. Also, this ensures that in the future they’ll take you more seriously the next time you ask them to put in extra effort.
If you want your employees to take you seriously and respect you in the work place, the most important thing that you have to do is act like a human being. Even though you are in charge, don’t abuse your position. No one likes the over bearing boss who is on a power trip. Having a solid work environment is all about communication, interaction, and cooperation. People enjoy working in team environments with open communication because it allows mutual ideas to foster great ideas and great ideas lead to great business!
Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting in Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are committed to giving our employees the tools and the resources to be successful within our company. Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. provides a predictable career path that can lead to the opportunity in Management within our company. To learn more about the careers available at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. please visit our website: www.ncg-corp.com/