Finding the value in your employees is crucial. The Harvard Business Journal has a great article about valuing your employees. It centers around this one basic question? “Most employers still tell their employees when to come to work, when to leave, and how they’re expected to work when they’re there. Why not measure employees by the value they create, rather than by the number of hours they sit at a desk?”
Certainly that creates a need for accountability, and if you trust your employees enough, you have hired them, then there are some boundaries that can be created and then your employee basically become autonomous. The article goes on to say,
“Too many companies continue to operate by the premise that their employees can’t be fully trusted, and so treat them as children, who must be continuously monitored.
The solution is to hire people you’re prepared to trust, and then treat them as adults, capable of making responsible adult choices. Do that, and it’s a good bet they will. Indeed, considerable evidence suggests that the more confidence managers have in their people, the better they perform.”
Overcoming the fear of trust is key to better manage your employees.