Business owners go out and work their butts off to find the absolute best people, but that’s only half the battle. The “staying out of the way” part is just as crucial, and really, that comes down to one thing: trust.
I work with so many business owners who instead of leading their employees spend a lot of time and energy standing over their employees. They not only assign tasks to do but proceed to tell them how to do the task.
If a business owner trusts their employees and they show it by staying out of their way. The business owner will do a better job of retaining that talent, the people they have will be more productive and they’ll attract more great people with their great employer brand. If they don’t trust their employees, the exact opposite will happen.
Now I am not saying do not check your employee’s work but let them use their unique skills and talents to help you grow the business. When you see issues take the opportunity to teach and explain. Remember you hired your employees to help you grow your business you need to be the leader.
Signs a Business Owner Doesn’t Trust Their Employees
Giving instructions instead of goals
Trusting business owners set goals for their employees to achieve and give them the freedom to achieve them, while offering support if necessary.
Monitoring employees’ internet usage
Smart, trusting business owners realize the best way to combat surfing the internet is to trust and challenge their employees to do great work and then they will not want to spend all day on Amazon.
Giving demands, instead of having conversations
Smart business owners realize that often the best ideas come from employees in the trenches and engage them before making decisions.
Ignoring your employees’ complaints
Smart business owners allow employees to voice their concerns to top brass anonymously, without fear of retribution and use that information to improve their organization.
Ultimately, not trusting themselves
This is the whole crux of the problem: untrusting employers fundamentally don’t trust themselves, certainly not their own hiring decisions. That mistrust leads to micromanagement in an effort to get employees to work harder and smarter, but it actually has the reverse effect.
Great companies are confident in themselves and that confidence extends to their employees.