Top three things that should be in Not-To-Do of every manager.

The article was originally written by our team member Ashish Deora based on empirical evidence of manager practices globally. When an employee joins a new company or an institution, instructions welcome them either in the form of training, manuals, mentors, etc. These instructions always say very clearly what to do and what not to do. And it’s quite easy to follow them sometimes. Because the instructions are about businesses, regulations, and lot many tangible practical things.

When an employee joins a new company or an institution, instructions welcome them either in the form of training, manuals, mentors, etc. These instructions always say very clearly what to do and what not to do. And it’s quite easy to follow them sometimes. Because the instructions are about businesses, regulations, and lot many tangible practical things.

What you think goes into a handbook of a people manager? Policies, labour laws, company rules and regulations, etc. What can a standard training session or instruction manual cover about handling people? Nothing! At least nothing that is required to have in every employee so that they can give their personal best.

Productivity, smart tech, employee engagement etc. are all methods to encourage an employee to give his personal best at work. An employee is a human and carries his entire self at work when he is engaged. We are talking about work which beyond a job or an advanced form of slavery. And college education or HR cannot teach what it takes to handle a passionate employee. Learning with experience surely works but its too expensive as it doesn’t make sense to lose 10 passionate employees to learn how to handle 11th.

Great Manager Institute has come up with a set of behaviours which is most important to handle such individuals. Having them in your To-Do list will ensure the happiness of your high performing team. If you think your team and its situations are very different, then you should have at least the below three in your “Not-To-Do” for sure:

1) Never Lose Connect: Connect with a leader or mentor is like a power plug for an engaged employee. Once it weakens, things start becoming less passionate and more normal with them.

2) Never Lose Focus from Development: How long a candle can burn? Till the wax exhausts. In the same way, a passionate employee will lose interest once there is an apparent stagnation in work, opportunities, experiences and challenges. Something new and creative is required every time to keep them engaged. These experiences add to their overall personality development.

3) Never Let them Give up: At times, you can give up, but you cannot let them give up. You can never let them give up on their dreams, values, ethics. This is a call which is beyond your duty. But you are left with no choices. To get personal best, you gotta support them personally.

These three “Not-To-Dos” will ensure that you don’t do at least those things which can potentially force them to move on.

This article was originally published on Medium.

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