You have two main objective in mind after maintenance hiring. You want the new employee to contribute to the company as soon as possible. And you want him to stick around long enough to make your efforts in hiring, interviewing, and investigating him worthwhile. If you want your new employee to be glad he’s working for you, avoid these three management mistakes:
Your new hire screwed up and you don’t want anyone else making the same mistake. So you decide to make an example of him by berating him in front of everyone else. The only problem is that neither he nor his co-workers are thinking about what you’re saying They’re all embarrassed and angry that any of their own is being treated like a child. They’re all thinking of ways of avoiding you and your wrath in future. To prevent these negative results, always criticize employees in private. Leave the public displays for praise.
You were careful enough to ask the right questions of the new candidate and investigate his background. So you’re very sure he has skills needed to do the job right. So why are you telling him how to tighten every bolt and polish every window pane? You’re only making more work for yourself and turning him into someone who cannot think for himself. Give him clear objectives and a schedule. Then leave him alone with the job. Check in occasionally and intervene only if his work is late or substandard.
Being Too Friendly
It’s true that everyone would rather work with someone with whom they get along. But that doesn’t mean you turn new employees into your close personal friends. You’re still the boss whose primary responsibility is to meet company goals. If you’re overly friendly someone can you make tough decisions about him. Will you be able to fire him if his work isn’t up to business standards? Can you skip him over for a promotion in favor of someone whom you don’t like but is a better worker? You can do all these tasks only if you maintain an emotional distance with your subordinates.
Avoiding these bad strategies will go a long way in keeping your current staff motivated and satisfied. If you want more information about how to hire and manage maintenance staff, please contact us.