Did you know people don’t quit jobs? What they quit are bad bosses. Dissatisfaction with employment is rarely about the work but rather their ability to work with the people in the organization, especially management. An incompatible boss can be a major problem, so make sure you’re not causing discontent in the workplace with your own management style. While you can’t change how other people act, you can change the way you act toward them. Here are tips to help you improve your management style and keep your employees loyal.

  1. Communicate well.

    The number one problem most people cite when leaving a bad boss behind is a lack of communication. This can take a number of forms, such as not communicating at all or bringing up issues too late to fix them. Or it might be you only provide negative feedback making your employees feel undervalued. Communication is something you can improve with time and practice.

  2. Allow your team to work.

    Micromanagement is also considered a major issue for employees. They feel like they can’t do their jobs without someone breathing down their neck. The only solution to this is to know you’ve hired good, qualified people to do the job and allow them to do it. Trust your team, their abilities and their knowledge. Establish expectations, but let them complete the work on their own within your timeframe.

  3. Be transparent.

    Don’t keep things from your team. Your employees deserve to know the outcome of the work they’re doing. If there are challenges, work with your team to solve them. If things are going well, share the excitement and reward the employees who made it happen. Keeping important business information secret isn’t a kindness, it just establishes an unhealthy hierarchy.

  4. Get to know them.

    Don’t think of your team as just cogs in the machine. Each employee is a unique individual with personal goals, interests, and a life outside of work. Get to know them on a personal, but still professionally appropriate level. Learn what makes them tick and what motivates them when they’re on the job.

  5. Accept feedback.

    It’s also important for you to accept feedback from your team. They should feel comfortable coming to you when they have a concern and not feel attacked if they have a problem. If you allow feedback, you’ll find your team is more open and willing to work with you to solve problems rather than just complain behind your back.

Do you want more management tips to better interact with your team?

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