We fired our Human Resource Officer for calling one of our team members “stupid”. I was walking through the offices when I heard someone talking angrily.
Then I heard, “Your performance has dropped, and you have no reasonable explanation for that”.
I walked in and saw our secretary crying. I asked what was going on and the HR Officer said she’d been poor at work lately for some stupid reasons.
I looked at the secretary; her eyes were red. Our Human Resource Officer had threatened to get her fired.
This was a woman who just lost her husband a few months ago. Our HR expected her to deliver at the same level. That’s inhumane. I thought within.
I invited both of them into the office with my partner to investigate further. The secretary had been finding it hard to get over the shock of her husband’s demise. But our Human Resource Officer was only concerned about results.
Further inquiries showed the Human Resource Officer had been rude to other team members.
We fired her.
We don’t want to work with people who have no respect for others welfare. We reduced our secretary’s hours at work and ask her if she needs more time off. Her performance improved significantly, and she came back to her best.
If you don’t understand that business is more about people then you have no business leading them.
Workers’ welfare comes first. Everything else follows. Be human.
“The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” — Tony Dungy
Written by Ben Ramedani
Here are some key elements of an ideal relationship between employees and their bosses:
Clear Expectations: The boss communicates clear expectations regarding job responsibilities, goals, and performance standards. Employees understand what is expected of them and are given the necessary resources to meet those expectations.
Open and Honest Communication: Both the employee and the boss maintain open lines of communication. They are able to discuss concerns, provide feedback, and ask questions without fear of reprisal.
Feedback and Recognition: The boss provides constructive feedback on the employee’s performance, highlighting strengths and areas for improvement. They also recognize and reward employees for their achievements and contributions.
Support and Development: The boss supports the professional growth and development of the employee. This can include offering training opportunities, mentorship, and guidance to help the employee reach their career goals.
Trust and Autonomy: Trust is a crucial component of a healthy relationship. An ideal boss trusts their employees to do their job effectively and allows them a reasonable degree of autonomy in decision-making and problem-solving.
Fairness and Equity: The boss treats all employees fairly and equitably, regardless of factors such as gender, race, or personal preferences. Decisions related to promotions, raises, and assignments are made objectively and based on merit.
Conflict Resolution: When conflicts arise, they are addressed in a constructive and timely manner. Both parties are willing to find mutually acceptable solutions and compromise when necessary.
Work-Life Balance: An ideal boss understands the importance of work-life balance and promotes a healthy work environment. They respect employees’ personal time and encourage them to take breaks and vacations as needed.
Empathy and Compassion: A good boss shows empathy and compassion toward their employees. They are aware of their team members’ needs and well-being, especially during challenging times.
Inspiration and Leadership: An ideal boss serves as a source of inspiration and leadership. They set a positive example, motivate their team, and provide a vision for the future.
Conflict of Interest Handling: If conflicts of interest arise, an ideal boss handles them transparently and ensures that they do not compromise the integrity of the working relationship or the organization.
Ethical Behavior: Both the employee and the boss uphold ethical standards in their work. They act with integrity and adhere to the organization’s code of conduct.
Ultimately, an ideal employee-boss relationship is built on a foundation of mutual respect and a shared commitment to the success of the organization and the well-being of its members. It fosters a positive work culture and helps employees thrive in their roles.