You probably think you’re a pretty good boss. Heck, you might even be like Michael Scott and have one of those “World’s Best Boss” mugs sitting on your desk. But what if you’re wrong? What if, without you even realizing it, you’re actually the boss from hell? Could it be possible?
Here are some signs that you just might be the boss from hell!:
- You’re constantly hovering over your employees’ shoulders—Yes, your business is your baby and you want to do everything you can to protect it and to make sure it’s being run properly from top to bottom. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to be a control freak. You can’t constantly micro-manage your employees. Not only will you constantly be exhausted and stressed out, but you’ll also make your employees hate you. They will disengage, stop making suggestions, stop making sacrifices for your company, and basically stop being good employees. The fact is that employees feel more empowered and satisfied when they feel trusted and valued. You hired your employees for a reason. Let them do what you hired them to do.
- You don’t pay your employees on time every time—This is something that sometimes happens in startups or in struggling companies, but it’s absolutely inexcusable. You have to pay the people who are working for you on time every time. No exceptions. Having a good payroll service can be very helpful in ensuring payments are sent out on time, and it can save you a lot of time with keeping everything organized. Remember, your employees have families to feed and bills to pay. If you’re not paying them on time, they’ll find another employer who will.
- You play favorites—Sure, if you were to be injected with truth serum, you’d probably admit that you have certain employees who are your favorites. That’s natural, but what you can’t do is ever let that show. There’s no room for favoritism in the workplace. If you’re giving special opportunities or privileges only to certain employees, you’re going to have a very unstable work environment. All employees have to be treated equally.
- You aren’t available to your employees—Good communication and rapport are keys to a great boss-employee relationship. If you’re never around for your employees, you can’t expect things to run smoothly in your workplace. According to Monster.com, one of the characteristics of a good boss is that he or she is available. A great boss makes time to stop by and chat with employees and always give them his or her full attention. If your employees feel like you are truly there for them, they’ll be more committed to doing a great job for you.
- You don’t share the big picture with your employees—Your employees need a sense of purpose. They need to know that the work they’re doing matters. They need to feel like they’re contributing to your company in a valuable way. They can’t do this if you don’t share the bigger picture with them. What are your goals for your company? What is your direction? How does their performance influence that? You need to share these things with your employees so they’ll be more invested in the work that they do.
- You don’t set clear expectations for your employees—If your employees don’t know what you expect from them, how can you expect them to deliver it? It’s important that you clearly define what it is that you expect from your employees so that their performance can be measured accordingly. This gives them direction, and it gives you an easy way to make sure they’re delivering.
- You don’t recognize the hard work of your employees—Do you want to know one of the best ways to make employees happy? Give them credit and praise for their hard work. You’d be amazed at how far a simple “Great job!” can go to making your employees satisfied. No one wants to work for a boss that never praises them and only criticizes them. Your employees need to feel valuable. Look for opportunities to recognize their hard work. You may even do things like start an Employee of the Month program and give a reward (such as a paid day off) to the winner each month.
So, what do you think? Take an honest look at this list. Are you doing any of these things? Is it possible that you’ve been the boss from hell this whole time? What could you do to be a better boss?