No one can understand the stress and frustration of building a business unless you’ve been there.
Even your employees who work in the trenches with you daily can’t comprehend the amount of tension, concern, sometimes even fear you experience when it’s your tush on the line. Believe me I know!
The high-level stress entrepreneurs deal with, however, often precludes them from seeing how they interact with their team members.
Intensely focused on building the business, small business owners may let their people skills slip unintentionally resulting in behaviors that cause them to be a bad boss. If you’re a bad boss, not only do your employees suffer, but so does your business.
Now are you starting to think about how your team would describe you? Good. I’ve put together a list of bad boss behaviors so you can see if you’re guilty of being a bad boss.
Your business is a revolving door
Recruiting, hiring, and training new employees can take a lot of time and it’s expensive. When you make the investment in a new team member, you naturally hope they will stay. If you find your employees exiting shortly after they arrive, there’s a chance it could be your leadership style. There are always extenuating circumstances, but if it happens repeatedly, it may be time to look in the mirror.
Bored to tears
As the founder of a business, it’s difficult to let go of responsibilities when you bring on new team members. After all, you know better than anyone how to get it done correctly, right? To build a successful business you must be ready to let go to grow. Team members want to be given the opportunity to flourish. If they don’t have enough to do or they aren’t engaged, they’ll be bored to tears. You’ll wind up paying while they search for their next job with a better boss.
Quick to criticize
Of course you expect your team members to do a good job. That’s what you pay them for after all. But if you’re quick to criticize when they do something wrong, and fail to compliment when they do something well, you’ll definitely be labeled a bad boss. Offering sincere praise for a job well done goes a long way in building a loyal team.
All in the family
When you work with a very small team, it’s easy to build close relationships. You get to know each other’s families and you often socialize outside the office. However, one of the biggest mistakes a business owner can make is getting too close to your employees. You are the boss and they aren’t your best friends or family members. Keep a healthy distance when it comes to personal matters. Delving too deeply into their lives or sharing too much of your own can create an unhealthy work environment.
A great team is a valuable small business asset
Make sure you’re a great team leader. Don’t let your small business suffer because you’re a bad boss.