Know why your employees are so happy when the Boss is on vacation? You probably think it’s because they figure they can goof off and get away with not doing work. And that may very well be true for some of them.
But if you listen to what most employees say when the Boss is absent, what you’ll hear is “Finally! I can get some work done!”
Bosses and managers are under the misapprehension that an employee will only be truly productive if said boss or manager plays “helicopter-manager,” ready to pounce on every potential mistake or unoccupied moment. Unfortunately, that kind of over-the-shoulder or email-barrage micromanaging ensures that there will be more mistakes, and more moments of pure frustration for your employee when nothing useful gets done.
Instead of managing-by-hovering, try giving clear, detailed instructions up front, and then check in with your employee with questions such as: “Is there anything you need to get this project out?” “Is there anything holding up the works?” “Any resources you are lacking?” “Anything you need from me?”
Trust that if your employee needs something to get the work done, they’ll say so. And then, your response is simple: “What can I do to help?”
Research shows, over and over again, that what employees want—beyond reasonable pay—is the opportunity to succeed at meaningful work. Give them that opportunity, and watch their productivity and your profits, soar.