Everybody has their own idea of what is considered a helping hand and what actually proves to be an obstruction on how they operate. In fact, this is one of the biggest challenges employees often face when working as a team so it’s important to strike the right balance.
Here are three things you might be doing at work to be helpful that might actually be considered a hindrance by your colleagues or team members:
Taking leadership too literally…
…otherwise known as micro-managing.
For most team leaders and managers, micromanagement is a completely innocent consequence of trying to keep staff organised and ensure expectations are exceeded. Even if this is the case, it can still cause issues if staff feel like they are being over-controlled and not trusted enough to be left to their own devices.
If you find yourself worrying that you might be guilty of micro management, run a personal analysis of your leadership technique or even speak to staff to gather feedback on your approach.
Signs that you might be taking too much control:
Frustrated employees displaying low morale or an uncharacteristically bad temperament
Diminished performance in staff and a lack of willingness to share ideas and participate
Lack of team self-sufficiency and a dip in efficiency levels in your absence
Seeing the sky as the limit when setting targets
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being ambitious but whether it’s for yourself or others, setting goals that are unattainable is only going to pave the way for failure. What you might see as supportive could actually lead to increased stress levels and low motivation.
As a result, this will then leave you or your staff feeling frustrated and disappointed in themselves which can be extremely damaging for the bottom line of business and productive output.
Taking on too much responsibility
While some people would much prefer to delegate tasks to avoid demand, others can take the opposite approach and absorb too much work in a bid to prevent staff or colleagues feeling the pressure.
Some also choose to take as much weight on their shoulders as possible – no matter what the consequences – in order to save money which they might deem unnecessarily spent on outsourcing or additional members of staff.
However, if you spread yourself too thinly in order to protect peers or cut costs, you’ll be having a detrimental impact on your team and the business anyway. It’s much more effective to invest in support if you need it and share the workload so you can be present, think clearly and dedicate sufficient amount of time to the tasks which require your full focus.
Managing financial accounts and bookkeeping are both classic examples of where people think they can save money by taking on the responsibility themselves.
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