Five things business leaders should never do with their employees


The relationships you build with your employees has an impact on many aspects of your business – all of which is crucial to your ultimate goal: success. After all, this has everything to do with how you get the best out of people. But whatever approach you take and however you decide to do it, don’t make any of these mistakes. It won’t end well.

Share a hotel room

No one wants to share a room with someone they don’t know but this isn’t about you, this one’s for your team. They have to front up to your meetings, impress you with ideas and take direction from you. To be frank, the relationship anyone has with their boss can be pretty intense. So spare the awkwardness; let them have a break and don’t make them have to endure future meetings taunted by the image of you in your underpants leaning over the bathroom sink.   

Boss people around

Yes, you are the boss, but what we’re really talking about here is abusing your position. There’s not really much to be said here other than this is a great way to piss people off. The moment you ask a talented and experienced staff member to go “grab coffee” or “drop something at the post office” – you’re done.

Get drunk

Everyone knows alcohol frees you of your inhibitions and some of us take that as a positive, depending on the scenario, but when surrounded by your employees it could lead to an irreversible, embarrassing disaster. There are a number of potential consequences here you should be aware of; the red faces on Monday morning as everyone remembers who really got under your skin last week, the confidential info you couldn’t help spill that’s now the subject of kitchen chat – and of course – everyone knows who’s your favourite.      

Discuss the office politics

Unfortunately, office politics is hard to eradicate no matter how much you try to nurture an open and collaborative culture of complementary skill-sets. People talk, people form friendships that transcend the professional environment and, sometimes, people just need to vent their frustrations. But whatever you do, don’t join in. Bosses need to maintain an impartial position at all times and be trusted as the voice of reason. The moment you stray away from that, your relationships will fray and authority will be undermined.    

Throw a tantrum

Things will really get on top of you at times but it’s not a good idea to let your frustration and annoyance bubble over for everyone to see. The truth is, you don’t get away with as much when you’re the boss; it’ll be taken as unprofessional, a lack of control, and as the leader, your mood will filter down and have a knock-on-effect. Not to mention set an example of ‘accepted’ office behaviour. That’s not good news for workplace culture.