If going to work feels like walking onto the set of “The Walking Dead,” leadership might be the cause of your office’s zombie apocalypse. Emphasizing the tasks you need employees to complete — instead of the end goals — can produce that effect.
Traditional leaders are trained to be task-oriented, but this approach sucks the life out of your team members. It creates an atmosphere of drudgery, boredom, and monotony. Employees react by checking their brain at the door, waiting for orders, and doing the bare minimum.
This micromanaging approach only devalues your employees and positions you as a helicopter manager. The trick to humanizing your workforce is to start treating employees like responsible adults and instilling meaning into the goals you set. Read the full article here.