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Five mistakes managers shouldn’t make

Managers aren’t always doing the best they can when they manage people. Many mistakes are committed by them which usually happened due to ignorance of lack of knowledge.

Managers are the frontline of a company’s executives. They reflect the choices and policies selected by those who control the companies decisions and future.

If managers make too many mistakes, those who they manage will begin to get irritated and frustrated and eventually quit their jobs!

Here are five common mistakes managers make and which should be immediately remedied:



  • Not seeing employees as people

It is common that with so much work that managers forget to see employees as human beings with individual needs, desires, characteristics and feelings. Managers should get to know more about their employees but this does not necessarily mean that they should be their personal therapists!

  • Not giving a clear direction

Managers might not be able to transmit what they expect of others and what they should aspire as a team. They should establish priorities to each task individually and not make every single task of the same priority. A balance must exist between establishing too many priorities and not establishing any priorities at all.

  • Lack of trust

The lack of trust from managers can be poisonous as it will not only affect small everyday tasks but also the entire department or even company. A strong symptom of lack of trust is micromanaging and not delegating enough tasks to employees.

  • Poor listening

Listening is essential in order to understand the needs of your employees as well as giving them the proper attention and recognition they deserve. If your employees feel they are being listened, they will feel that they are being respected by you as well, generating a higher level of trust and communication.

  • Taking decisions and listening for feedback

Managers should be able to decide things on their own but also be able to listen for the feedback of others on certain issues or sticky decisions to be made. This will enable employees and make them feel highly valued, resulting in higher motivation!


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