In this rapidly growing market, people are trying to rise up and grab newer opportunities and become successful entrepreneurs. Every organization faces a lot of problems like a cutthroat competition, managing promotional campaigns, and legal issues. However, an entrepreneur can only overcome these obstacles with the help of his employees.
Following these points can transform an employer’s path to success from lonely and difficult to collective and smooth.
- Making them do something Unethical:
Right off the bat, the biggest mistake employers make is asking their employees to get involved in something unethical or even illegal. Be it in a personal or a professional context, asking to lie or behave unethically in any manner is a strict no-no.
Being an entrepreneur is often taken lightly and people may cross ethical boundaries by doing things like asking the employees to lie to a customer about the progress of an assignment. However, in the later stages, it becomes a reason for lack of respect for their leader among co-workers.
- Taking Credit:
Some bosses are known to take all their team’s credit to advance in their own career. They appreciate their employees in front of them but fail to acknowledge their inputs during the submission to their higher-ups.
Abusing the title and taking credit away never goes well with the employees and they start seeing zero growth in their career under the supervision of such leaders. Good and hard-working employees will definitely leave the job and if such a scenario occurs, as they realize they are not getting the right reward for their efforts.
- Criticizing without Context:
Being an entrepreneur in a highly competitive market can be stressful, but it should never interfere with an employer taking time to improve an employee’s performance. Employers and inexperienced entrepreneurs often criticize a task but fail to emphasize the details.
This not only discourages the employee from clarifying doubts and learning details from the employer, but they are also unable to understand what renders their work as ‘not up to the mark’. They end up repeating the mistakes in the future and eventually cause more time loss that could be avoided if the employer had simply explained the issue.
On the other hand, positive criticism builds trust and improves the whole team’s performance over time.
- Throwing them Under the Bus:
One of the essential elements of entrepreneurship is taking responsibility for the whole team. When faced with criticism, entrepreneurs may reflexively blame their inferiors. It is important to remember that regardless of any difference in opinions, employers and their employees are on the same team.
Employers always have some part in the poor performance of an employee, be it failing to give clear guidelines or not checking the work carefully. According to a 2017 Bamboo HR survey, 55% of employees will leave their jobs in the future their boss will not stand up for them. This is why negative feedback reflects on the whole team and the employer needs to take full responsibility for it.
- Displaying Favoritism:
One of the benefits of entrepreneurship is some employees are constantly trying to impress them. However, being an entrepreneur requires avoiding the display of blatant favoritism and putting forward equal treatment of all employees.
Employers can develop a better relationship with some employees compared to others, but letting that affect professionalism in a work environment can be devastating. Thus, employers need to understand that some employees are naturally introverted and should not be punished or left behind for being so.
- Communicating only through Emails:
Another element of entrepreneurship that is overlooked is being transparent and reachable. An Employer should not be that type of a person who the employees see once every morning and once in the evening.
Employers should be more interactive by talking face-to-face or simply video calling to check up on their work. They should welcome queries and new ideas from their subordinates without creating any barrier.
- Embarrassing Someone Publicly:
Employers should understand that maintaining a professional identity is of utmost importance for all employees. They should never try to hurt it by publicly criticizing and embarrassing anyone.
Rewards can accomplish a lot more than threats, and humiliation only leads to the growth of a culture of fear within the organization. This type of culture breeds toxic behavior and employers should engage in calm one-on-one discussions to avoid it.
- Telling them to over-work:
All companies face crises and need their employees to get more work done than usual. Employers end up canceling vacations and asking their employees to work extra hours.
Good planning can prevent such crises and employees should not have to face the brunt of a poor planning exercise on someone else’s part.
- Involving with them personally:
Another benefit of entrepreneurship is that employers and employees can be around the same age and seeing each other day-in and day-out, they can get rather casual with each other. This is fine as long as boundaries such as dating your employees, partying with them, or watching movies together are not broken. However, nowadays, most people may say that social gatherings with employees are occasionally acceptable, but it is best to know when to draw the line.
- Making Funny Comments:
The boss may make some comments about an employee’s characteristics with a funny intention, but it may easily be misunderstood as public embarrassment. Therefore, it is wise to think twice before making such comments.
In conclusion, it is important for an employer to care of their employees’ professional identity, keep clear boundaries, respecting their time and effort, and helping them grow toward success along with themselves. It is often said an ambitious employee should choose a good boss rather than a good company to work with. This is because proper guidance is the way to success.