Should Managers Be Able To Do The Employee's Work?

What’s the key to maintaining an enthusiastic, motivated work environment as a manager? What do employees need and want from their hiring managers? According to Harvard Management Update, people have three goals at work:

To maintain the enthusiasm employees bring to their jobs initially, management must understand the three sets of goals that the great majority of workers seek from their work—and then satisfy those goals:

  • Equity: To be respected and to be treated fairly in areas such as pay, benefits, and job security.
  • Achievement: To be proud of one’s job, accomplishments, and employer.
  • Camaraderie: To have good, productive relationships with fellow employees.

One thing that will inspire employees and make them feel like you can relate to what they’re doing instead of ordering them around is this: at a moment’s whim, be able to perform their job duties or willing to do the jobs your employee is doing.  If a manager can be active in the type of work going on in his shop to show that he or she is a subject matter expert, I think it’s going to allow them to be a more effective coach.

Doing the work you ask others to do: Not all leaders are in the position to do it, but when you can, it’s certainly an effective leadership tool.