4 Things Employees Wish Their Managers Did More

The gap between employee and manager can often seem impossibly wide and as a result employees rarely want to offer constructive criticism to their superiors at work.

But what would they say if they could? The University of Edinburgh asked 1,000 employees what aspect of their managers they would change, and many of the responses came down to improvement on their social and interpersonal skills. Normally someone is promoted for their quality of work and hard skills rather than soft skills such as mannerisms and personality.

Here are some of main pointers that employees wish their managers did more:

Procurement of adequate resources

The main job of the management team is to make sure that their teams have everything required to meet deadlines and fulfil goals. This is not only including material resources, but also getting necessary information from other departments, obtaining more time, or funding for advertising for projects etc. Without this, even the most dedicated employee is set up for failure.

Praise & thanks

Acknowledgement can go a long way when it comes to keeping employee morale high. Managers who notice when tasks are completed to a high standard and consequently thank or praise the responsible parties are much more likely to have a happy and hard working team.

Communication is key

Lack of communication was the number one issue employees had with their Managers. Communicating expectations, deadlines, objectives, and also ensuring communication between staff members is happening and to a high standard. If you can’t communicate well, you will never be an effective manager.

Trust & respect

Micromanagement is an issue that will rapidly wear away employee satisfaction. Employees want to know their managers respect them not only enough to give them an important project, but also that they are trusted enough to complete it without checking up or further delegation. It shows trust when you make yourself available for questions, however wait until they come to you rather than constantly asking and offering a different opinion.