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November 19, 2013

Don’t Be a Helicopter Manager!

You have heard of helicopter parents—people who hover over their children and are involved in every aspect of their lives. Generally, they are the parents of Generation Y or the Millennials.

Helicopter managers hover over their employees. Some do it to provide support; others do it because they are micromanagers who don’t trust their team to do the job without constant oversight. Neither one is good for morale or for developing accountable employees.

Employees need a supportive environment where it’s safe for them to take risks and master new tasks and challenges. There is greater satisfaction in a job well done when employees do it themselves without managerial interference—no matter how well intentioned. On the other hand, it is demoralizing when a manager shows a lack of trust in an employee’s ability by stepping in and micromanaging them.

Your goal as a manager is to develop an assertive, confident staff and grow the skills of your employees through training, coaching, and mentoring. Help them achieve results on their own in their own way. This is highly motivating and creates an atmosphere that is positively productive.


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