Don’t Make Managerial Promises You Can’t Keep

You’re a very busy person with the best of intentions. When it comes to employee satisfaction, you want to please everyone. You’re not afraid to make big promises, but when push comes to shove, you can’t always deliver.

It’s your goal to be the best possible manager for your employees, so you need to keep your word. Instead of overpromising, err on the side of caution by sticking to more conservative guarantees. This way, if you’re able to deliver more, that’s great, but there’s no obligation if circumstances don’t allow.

Here’s the look at the damage you’re inadvertently doing by falling short on promises made to your team.

Lack of Trust

In life and business, it’s hard to trust someone who doesn’t keep their word. You’ll probably get a pass from your employees once or twice, but if this becomes a habit, they won’t believe a word you say. If your team doesn’t think they can count on you to deliver, you’ll lose their respect.

Unprofessional Reputation

Keeping promises is the professional thing to do. If you habitually break them, you’ll look like an amateur who doesn’t know how to do their job. You might only be falling short on promises made to your team, but word travels fast in an office, so expect this to affect your overall standing with the company — and possibly even outside the organization.

Diminished Quality of Work

Employees work hard for bosses they respect. However, if you habitually break promises to them, morale will plummet. This will likely impact their quality of their work, because it’s hard to push yourself for a boss who isn’t willing to do the same for you. People want to work for a manager who is a team player, not someone the group can’t rely on.

Snowball Effect

As the boss, you set the tone for the team. If you make a habit of breaking promises, employees will follow suit. Inevitably, this will cause a lack of trust among your entire staff, because everyone will feel like their peers are unreliable, and a team in this state cannot function properly, so realize the overall impact of your actions.

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