Looking back at the topics discussed at the topics discussed at the professional leadership conferences I have attended so far this year, a major recurring theme amongst researchers is the role of leadership in organisational health.
All managers have dealt with a difficult employee in their team. Whether the individual comes in late, is rude, or simply does not want to work according to company standards, it is up to the manager to deal with that person.
Large corporations reward employees by offering bonuses and expensive holiday parties around Christmas time. This is harder to accomplish for small and medium-size companies who don’t have big budgets. However, it is just as important to make employees feel noticed appreciated, no matter what money constraints you have.
As a manager, you may try to be fair and reasonable, and always treat your direct reports the way you’d want to be treated. As such, you don’t reprimand them in public, inquire about their personal lives, and go out of your way to be their mentor.