Coming to realize that my “nice” factor is working against me.
I am a passionate person — I care about people — I will understand just about anyone. So, I tend to not be so harsh as maybe other retail managers can be. I do not micro-manage, I don’t like to be down people’s throats. I’d rather give people the tools they need and give them some independence.
But lately I’m feeling a bit betrayed… not taken so seriously. I know this is probably because I tend to be so “nice.” Also feeling like I’m being super understanding and I’m not getting that same understanding back.
I have to find a way to get my point across and for people to take me seriously — without coming across as some bitch of a manager. Although I’m starting to think that is what it’s going to take to light a fire under some people’s behinds. My biggest fear is to loose key employees because I have to put my foot down.
Hmmm… I must find a some sort of middle ground. I would ultimately like to have a fun & happy working environment with employees that work hard.
Or maybe I care just too much in general. Keep it strictly business. No fluff. But that’s not really me either.
Erg. I’m sure I’ll figure it out — just hate this in-between area that I’m in.