A boss’s worst nightmare of all times is not being taken seriously by his employees. Imagine being the boss, and your employees are doing everything on their own, without referring to you and without taking your decisions into consideration. All your power is being disrespected and neglected. You will have 2 choices then: fix it or leave the position. If you wish to regain your authority and fill the position effectively this year, you should follow the following tips:
- Give orders without negotiating. Use commands instead of questions. For example, instead of saying “Can you handle this job by tomorrow morning?”, use “I need this task done by tomorrow morning please”. In this way you will show respect and authority at the same time.
- Try to make your employees know that you are on their side and you are one of them. However, at the same time, they should realize that you are also working for the sake of the company and you need to follow and defend its policies. If you do not succeed in doing both, they will think that you’re there by yourself, without any support of your upper bosses. Therefore, they will start influencing you; trying to erase any kind of authority you had remaining.
- Be firm in your decisions. No matter what you say, it should be taken seriously by your employees and at the same time considerate. However, you must be more serious and strict in what you say in order to impose your authority. For example, say things like “I’m being clear about that matter”, or use words like “right away” as in “I need you to solve this issue right away”… Be affirmative and tough sometimes, but do it wisely s you won’t get your staff to hate you.
- You must be unkind when required. As a boss, you are expected to solve all the issues at work and all the obstacles that might be faced. In other words, you should make sure that no one is distracting or delaying work, no one is breaking the rules and everyone is taking care of their duties. Act as needed when you are supposed to be bringing things on track. You should sound warning, you must keep your employees disciplined and you must show your employees their right place. Your employees must be reminded constantly about the consequences of misbehaving or breaking the rules you have already set.
- When you’re the boss, you must be friendly. However, you should not be a friend. Do not build friendships. As soon as employees start considering you as a friend, you will become an employee just as the others. You will lose your authority and power, you won’t be taken seriously, and you will be manipulated by those who are good at it. Be considerate and understanding, but keep a distance.
- Show that you are the one in charge. Do not hesitate to slam the door. When you do so, you will get your staff’s attention. They will start asking whether you are angry or whether they have done anything wrong that led their boss to act this way. Even though you might be neither angry nor disappointed, yet they must understand that you are the one in charge.