It’s hard leading a company when you
realize that your employees think poorly of you. They have different ideas
about who you are, and most of them are untrue. It could have been due to the
image you project. If you don’t want them to keep thinking that way, these are
a few things you need to do.
Open channels of communication
The reason why your employees seem to
misunderstand you is that you don’t even talk to them. They have no idea about
who you are and what your values are. They only rely on how they see you and
your overall demeanor. Try talking to them randomly and have a chance to get to
know them better. Inform everyone if they need you about anything that you can
be of help, you’re one phone call or email away. Don’t worry that your kindness
will be abused. You’re talking to professionals. They will use the opportunity
to reach out to you wisely. Besides, opening
lines of communication isn’t a signal to start friendships or establish a
Join gatherings outside work
Another way to change perception of
you is to join gatherings outside work. The employees only know you based on
how you act at work. They have no idea who you are outside the workplace. If
someone invites you to a birthday party, you can show up. It will surprise your
employees. They will also realize that you’re not a snob. You can still
maintain professionalism even during informal parties. The point is that you
show up and send a message that you’re not just the boss.
Leave thank you notes
Some employees think you’re terrible
because you don’t appreciate them. You don’t say thank you or good job even if
they believe they had an excellent outcome. It helps if you leave thank you
notes if you’re too busy to reach
out to everyone. The point is that you show how much you appreciate the
employees in your small ways.
You might find employees who hate you
because you seem to look down on them. You see yourself as the boss and they’re
not important to you. The sad truth is that you’re probably a judgmental
leader. You don’t have any regard for your employees. Try your best to suspend
judgments and treat everyone equally. Every employee matter, and can contribute
to the success of the business.
Hopefully, these tips are enough to change
how they view you. If nothing changes, it means you’re not doing enough.
You might say that you don’t care about what others think about you. On a
personal level, it might be a good guiding principle, but not professionally.
The perception of your employees matters a lot since you work with them. You
don’t want them to leave because they feel unhappy with their boss. They also
dislike your leadership style.
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