Saving Your Business from a Toxic Management Style
Rule-oriented, dictatorial, fault-finding, inclined to blow up over small things, won’t let people get on with their jobs – does this describe a boss you know? Micromanagement “can kill motivation, employee creativity and job satisfaction,” reports Yuki Noguchi in NPR’s “All Things Considered.” It’s the number-one reason people leave jobs, and as every business owner knows, high employee turnover is costly. Productivity-killing lack of motivation drives the cost of micromanagement even higher.
The best way to counteract the effects of micromanagement is to encourage a management style that supports flexibility and autonomy. When employees and managers alike can trust that teamwork and creativity are rewarded, businesses thrive. Collaboration is part of building a productive workplace, and leading a collaborative team takes some special skills. Management advisor Tallyfox.com offers these six insights to help build a collaborative team environment:
- Set realistic expectations. Clearly communicate goals, roles, and reasons.
- Build strong leadership. Supportive, flexible leaders produce great results.
- Create an environment of trust. Respect and integrity build trust.
- Support a community spirit. Informal socializing outside work will foster a cohesive “family” feeling.
- Invest in team members’ skills and expertise. Add to existing skills to support continuous improvement.
- Invest in collaborative technology. Electronic devices and specialized software streamline the work of the entire team.
Just as important: Underscore flexibility and autonomy with an adaptive office design. Furnishings that transform from heads-down individual workstations to collaborative work areas encourage teams to work together on their own terms – the kind of autonomy that says they are trusted to achieve and exceed goals without being micromanaged. One such system, Swiftspace, changes from solo to group formats in less than 5 minutes. These flexible office workstations are stylish, easy to setup, and foster a collaborative work environment.
If you’re adopting a collaborative management style in your business, talk to a design expert about finding the right adaptive flexible workspaces for your business. Your employees will be more productive, and your business will be more profitable.
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