You always leave your door open and you’re approachable. But you’re still intimidating. Why? Because you’re in charge. You create fear in your employees without even knowing it. Here are some reasons your employees are scared of you…
You’re a bit of a mystery: As the one who’s responsible for pretty much everything, you don’t have a ton of time to socialize. The problem here is that your employees won’t see you as “one of us.” They’re way more likely to see you as “the one who makes all the decisions.” Try and find ways to get to know your team if you really want to be accepted by them.
You don’t have time to smile: Just like your employees, you’ve got to stay focused if you want to get things done. When you’re in your own little world, you can come across as a scary robot. Don’t feel bad for being busy, just know that it might take a little extra effort if you want to seem more personable.
You’re more of an authority figure than a leader: How do you react when an employee asks for your help? Do you help them find a way to solve their problems or do you just tell them what to do? It might not be as easy, but when your employee is given the chance to solve their own problems, they’ll appreciate you more.