Even when unintentional, small actions from a manager can have a big impact on employees. A simple joke can be perceived the wrong way, or the way feedback is administered may be causing more harm than good for employees.
Whatever the case may be, it’s important for leaders to understand that when it comes to their employees, every action has an impact. Below, a panel of Forbes Business Council members shared ways leaders can have an unexpected negative effect on their good employees, and how those negative effects can be reversed to get back on track.
Here’s what Tabitha Scott of Epic Pivot had to say:
Appearing Too Busy For Employees: “I get way too many emails.” “My schedule is packed!” Busy leaders may make these innocuous statements without thinking about their potentially negative side effects. Good employees want to please, so if the boss appears too busy, they are less likely to approach when issues arise. To show accessibility, and avoid mixed messages, set aside time when your team knows you are fully available to them.