As a manager, it is important that you lead by example at all times. While everyone has personal issues and worries, it is important to leave those issues and worries at the door once you walk into your workplace. When co-workers, managers, or subordinates learn of your personal struggles, it can negatively affect their opinion of you.
For example, if you work with money, and your co-workers learn you are having personal money problems, they might begin to keep a close eye on you in order to prevent potential internal theft.
While you know you would never stoop to a low level and steal, it is, unfortunately, something that happens every day in every business. Therefore, your co-workers and manager would just be trying to protect the business by keeping a close eye on you. It is nothing personal, it is just business.
Bringing personal issues into the workplace can also negatively affect you as a manager because it crosses the boundaries between superior and subordinate. Venting to employees about your personal issues allows the employees to know too much about you that they do not need to know. Once those lines are crossed, and a manager begins to fraternize with subordinates, the respect for the manager can be lost, and the subordinate might not think of the manager as a leader. Be friendly, not a friend, to subordinates. “It is lonely up at the top.”
Talking or thinking about personal issues at work negatively affects how you interact with customers. Customers should always receive the best customer service you can provide – they do not deserve to be treated poorly or disrespectfully because you are having personal issues. Customers keep you in business.
Although you spend the majority of your day with co-workers, managers, and subordinates, it is important not to let your guard down. Always remember to leave your personal issues at the door; this will help you be a more successful manager and will allow you to successfully lead your team.
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