If you’re not already doing all the work or aren’t stressed out to the max, here are 10 tips to increase your load by creating a culture of entitlement among your employees. I didn’t make them up. I’ve seen organizations using these strategies to keep employees happy.
To read the rest of this article from the Business First of Louisville, see: 10 ways to create a culture of entitlement at work http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2008/07/21/editorial2.html
As a leader or manager, 10 ways to create a culture of entitlement at work are:
- Take responsibility and blame for everything.
- Let staff publicly review every decision you make.
- Satisfy every employee desire.
- Revise your policies and procedures to accommodate every employee’s needs.
- Don’t have deadlines; don’t pressure staff.
- Accept all employee behaviors including harassment, bullying and abuse.
- Don’t ever require change; keep rehabilitating poor employees forever.
- Undercut supervisors.
- Require positive and supportive evaluations.
- Treat stars the same as poor employees.
Bonus tip: Offer guaranteed employment for life as if it’s employees’ right.
Some companies attempt to provide a better work environment by being sensitive to the needs and feelings of their employees. Of course, you pay attention to what your employees want and need. But don’t overdo it.
Great leaders create work environments that meet the needs of their businesses and enable their employees to be productive and effective. They set expectations and hold staff accountable for what is and isn’t acceptable performance and behavior. Productivity takes precedence over pleasure.
It’s not always easy. Some people won’t like your rules. But bending or abandoning reasonable rules and expectations in an effort to satisfy the malcontents and whiners doesn’t work. They’ll never be happy or productive. And trying to satisfy them will drive your good performers away.
In our culture, many people think companies should be designed to make them happy and fulfilled. Effective leaders make clear that anyone who isn’t willing to follow the rules is welcome to leave. Encourage entitled employees to work for your
Of course, slight modifications of these tips can be used to create cultures of entitled managers.