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Saving Your Business from a Toxic Management Style

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 offers these six insights to help build a collaborative team environment:

  1. Set realistic expectations. Clearly communicate goals, roles, and reasons.
  2. Build strong leadership. Supportive, flexible leaders produce great results.
  3. Create an environment of trust. Respect and integrity build trust.
  4. Support a community spirit. Informal socializing outside work will foster a cohesive “family” feeling.
  5. Invest in team members’ skills and expertise. Add to existing skills to support continuous improvement.
  6. 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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