Managers play a large role in their organisations, not only in terms of delegation and strategy, but in how much stress they can parlay unto their colleagues.
One study found that 7 out of 10 employees blame their boss for increasing their stress levels.
Younger employees, those under 24-years-old, are even more prone to stress from their managers, with 75 percent of them reporting so.
In fact, one of the biggest reasons individuals provide for leaving during their exit interviews is their boss.
What can you do to avoid this?
Never say the following 5 things to your team members.
1) “Do it This Way.”
Although it is a manager’s job to provide a direction on assignments to their team members, they should never TELL them how things should be done.
A great leader involves their employees in the discussion and figures out together the best course of action.
2) “Give Ben a Break, he’s having marital problems.”
If your staff member felt comfortable enough to disclose personal information to you, that does not give you the right to share that with anyone else in your group.
Even if you have the best intentions, you should never give out personal details about your staff.
3) “I think this is a bad idea, but my own boss doesn’t agree.”
The truth is that managers often have their own bosses to answer to, and as tasks get handed down, they may not agree that a certain project or idea is up to par.
However, you should never allow your employees to feel like they are doing something that is not in the best interest of the company, and that you feel it’s a bad idea.
Try to find a way to like something about the task, and present a positive front to your group.
4) “You are the most valuable player in this group.”
It’s likely that you have certain employees that are more skilled, capable and simply try harder than others.
However, it is never a good idea to voice that to the person or to others, lest you make the other employees feel unappreciated.
Treat all of your team members the same, and simply provide additional training or motivation to those that need it.
5) “Suck it up.”
Managers often get frustrated when their employees complain about long days, difficult projects or other concerns.
It is your duty as a leader to listen to their problems, plus doing so can help you address an issue before it gets out of hand.
Senior Management Trainer and Consultant