3 Things IT Managers Should Never Do

Most IT recruiters and IT contractors have heard a horror story or two about terrible IT managers.  In a field like information technology, which is very team-oriented, having a good manager can really make all the difference.  To avoid becoming one of those legendary managers from hell that all technical recruiters and IT consultants have heard of, here are three things you should avoid doing.

  1. Skimping on the praise:  Give praise often and in various forms.  Publicly, privately, informally, or in structured formats.  Pointing out what your employees do right and really rewarding these things will have some serious benefits.  Your employees will work harder to please you and will do the right thing more often.  You’ll also have a better relationship with them, and this makes for a better work environment and better employee retention.
  2. Making your company or team’s culture all work, no play.  Don’t forget to give your employees a chance to smile and laugh at work.  You don’t have to give your employees a day-long party, but small moments are necessary.  Happier employees are more productive and more loyal.
  3. Making yourself unavailable.  While your employees shouldn’t need you like a security blanket, they should feel like you’re a resource for them when they really need it.  Giving them the help and support they need will certainly pay off in spades.  Their performances will improve, as will your relationship with them.

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