Monday, March 6, 2017

Trouble with the Boss: Helping Employees Get the Message Using Your Employee Newsletter for Workplace Wellness and Health

Employee newsletters Topics and Articles about a Toxic BossTrouble with the boss—who hasn’t experienced it? It is one of the most discussed issues that affect employees. Everyone has heard of the toxic boss, and I can assure you that employees would love for you to mention this topic in your in-house company newsletter.

This is a touchy subject however. You do not want to alienate managers with your writings on the toxic supervisor behavior. You will cause a huge schism if you do. And you do not want to set up a “us versus them” culture that will cause you to get in huge trouble. Instead, you want to discuss common sense issues associated with the supervisor-supervisee relationship.

Your employee newsletter should take on this subject of communicating more effectively with the boss because it can have many beneficial impacts.Discuss concepts about requesting feedback, extra assignments, and do not let a tree grow between yourself and your boss. Get feedback from the boss. Direct communication is almost always the better road to travel because it engages management in helping you to resolve problems. Silence puts the problem in management’s lap, and you risk a more unpredictable and uncontrollable outcome. Still not sure what to do next? Talk to your employee assistance professional or a really good insightful friend. 

Communication will improve productivity. It will reduce conflicts. And it will potentially reduce the risk of workplace violence. Believe it. You want to avoid having employees get into conflict with supervisors and be fired. Risk ensues.

Your newsletter has a lot of power to influence successful relationships in the organization, and none is more important than the relationships that employees have with the bosses. So, encourage employees to be proactive in their relationships with the boss. For example, if an employee is concerned that he or she is not measuring up to the expectations of the position, this is a signal to meet with one’s boss and start communicating, getting clarification on essential duties and asking for honest feedback about how things are going. 

Educate employees to be proactive with boss relationships. Tell them never to expect their boss to come to them first. Communication and closeness are key to effective relationships with the boss. Discuss common sense in your newsletter, for example, by explaining to employees that they should not remain in denial hoping no one notices their performance deficits. Faking it till you make it is great in some aspects of our everyday world—parenting for example. But, it does not work well in medicine and engineering. Discuss avoiding being avoidant. Don’t hide from your boss as a way of coping. It’s the worst possible move.

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