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3 signs that you’re botching it

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No one likes to hear that they are failing at their job. However, if you consistently face problems with employees—whether that is poor performance, bad attitudes or even insubordination—you might be the problem.

Here are three signs that indicate you need to overhaul your approach to employees:

1. You forget what you promise. To calm a frustrated employee, you may vow to replace his or her computer, and then three weeks later you haven’t provided new equipment. If you continue to break your promises, employees will stop trusting you.

Don’t make promises if you aren’t 100% sure that you can keep them. Plus, any time you say you will do something, immediately add it to your to-do list with a deadline for when you will follow up with employees.

2. You wait to train new staff. So many managers delay formal training because they “don’t want to overwhelm” new employees or they want to offer them a chance to “get acclimated.”

That usually just leads to new em­­ployees figuring out how to do things on their own—and often the wrong way. Set expectations and train em­­ployees immediately to prevent bad habits and shoddy work from the get-go.

3. You say, “I don’t care how you do it; just get it done.” While you should grant employees some autonomy, you don’t want them cutting corners or acting unethically in order to meet a deadline. Make certain that you provide guidelines and standards, so that you receive a desirable end result.

— Adapted from “5 Signs You Need to Change How You Manage Your Employees,” Tom Wall, Drovers Cattle Network, www.cattlenetwork.com.

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