10 Things You Should Never Do With Your Employees

The employer-employee relationship can be a minefield of dangerous faux pas. The determination of whether employer-employee relations exists...

The employer-employee relationship can be a minefield of dangerous faux pas. The determination of whether employer-employee relations exists between the parties is very important. Aiming to create a strong employer-employee relationship within your organization is commendable.
After spending day in and day out with your employees, it's easy to think of them as more than just employees. However, that thinking can be the downfall of your business.

10 Things You Should Never Do With Your Employees
Avoid these 10 situations to make sure you never cross the line.

To have an effective team, some rules are not meant to be broken—and when they are, big problems usually follow. Avoid trouble, loss of productivity and lawsuits by never, ever doing the following 10 things with your employees.

Never date

In the modern workplace, men and women work together for eight or ten hours a day; Don’t date employees. Never ever!

Period

Many people ignore this advice. What may seem like a harmless thing at the time is a really bad idea, especially when you break up with them. While this may bring short-term joy, the pain can last for a long time.

Get drunk

It can start out as one drink, but for some people, it can get out of control. Both employers and employees say and do things when they drink that they would never do otherwise. Too much alcohol never mixes with a profitable business.

Okay, that's all I have to say. We're done.

Don't do all the talking. Don't rattle off your list of complaints, or sing the employee high praises, then kick them out. Just like a good hiring manager would do in a job interview, turn the tables at the end of the performance review and allow them to speak and ask questions. This is a crucial part of the review process and you wouldn't want to take that away from them.

Don't generalize.

"Generalities are the quickest way to put the employee on the defensive," Price explains. "Constructive feedback is specific, timely, and actionable--it's the basis for an honest beneficial performance evaluation."

Share a hotel room. 

Things are more complicated these days. Sexual harassment is one of the most common allegations employees make. Never be in a totally private place with any employee.

Don’t bother me right now. 

I’m updating my Facebook status. – Social media networking is an important part of today’s business world.  It should not, however, be an excuse for failing to communicate with an employee.

I'm not sure how to help you.

Don't fail to offer your support. One of the worst things a manager can do is give feedback, make suggestions, and then not offer to help the employee accomplish these things. As the boss, you're not expected to come up with solutions to every issue addressed during the review, but you should offer support, guidance, and advice to the employee as they work toward self-improvement.

As exciting as a relationship with the ‘Big Cheese’ might be, don’t do it. It won’t end well and you will be left wondering why you did it in the first place.

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