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WORKPLACE / JUN. 07, 2013
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What Not to Say to Your Employees

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It is easy for employers to get close to their employees, especially within small companies. However there are certain things that should never be said within the workplace, if you wish to maintain a professional working relationship at all times. Outlined below are some examples of some of the things that should never be uttered to employees within the workplace.

Remain confidential

As a manager of a team or department there will be occasions where employees with to speak with you regarding matters of a personal or private nature. They will come to you in confidence to discuss their particular circumstances and it is fundamental that you listen to them carefully and remain professional throughout the conversation. Your role at this time is to act as a mentor or coach to your employees, and guide them on the best action to take.

It is fundamental to remain confidential and to not disclose any information that may harm or negatively influence the employee. In addition, it is important that you do not disclose any information that you have been told by the employee, as this will destroy their trust in you and will ruin your relationship with your staff. If other employees learn about the content of the conversation (or other confidential conversations) they will not see you as a trustworthy individual who they can speak with in times of need.

Do not brag

Telling your employees how intelligent you are will not achieve anything; it will only de-motivate them and make them feel apathetic towards you. Employees need to be able to look up to their managers and strive to be like them, not regard them as arrogant or bigheaded.

As well as having a management role, employers should play a compassionate, inspiring role, to motivate their team and enhance their ability to work. There are also times when you should compliment your staff when they have achieved success, though it is necessary to strike a balance when doing this.

Avoid being domineering

Don’t scaremonger your employees; they are there to work. Taking advantage of your position and making people fearful of you will reduce their ability to work effectively and successfully. In addition, if you continually focus on the fact that you are a manager, this will bore your staff and they will not perceive you as an inspiring or motivating individual.

When you have a positive relationship with your employees, the overall environment within the office is a more pleasant and friendly one. People are happy to do tasks that you have requested of them, as they feel like a valued member of your team and they have respect towards you. They will also be more likely to be productive and successful.

Don’t disclose personal problems

In order to be an effective leader, you cannot disclose personal problems about your life and bring your moods to the office. A manager is there to guide and coach his or her team, thus if they are experiencing mood swings or losing their temper, they cannot accomplish this role. This behavior will be considered appropriate by the rest of the office.


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