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How to supervise employees with low self esteem


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It is important to build Self Esteem in employees

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How to supervise employees with low self esteem

  1. 1. How to Supervise Employees with Low SelfEsteem
  2. 2. A Case Study While reviewing some code, I had a subordinate who made a small mistake in her code and which was against our documented practices. While sharing the issue with her, I expected a response that she had forgotten the practices and she would follow them in the future. I was surprised to hear when she said that “I am a fool and perhaps that’s why it happened”. I could not understand why she answered this way and belittled herself. And she was a star performer! By saying this, she shut down all avenues for improvement and ignored my willingness to help her. Nevertheless, I told her that “You’re not a fool and maybe you should just talk to HR”. Copyright 2013 | Saigun Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 2
  3. 3. My insights from this interaction Did I do something to make her feel like a jerk. Was she manipulating me and using this approach to escape her responsibilities Copyright 2013 | Saigun Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Was this a one-off or was her self esteem going down. What could I do to help her? 3
  4. 4. How could low self esteem impact my company Employees with low self esteem can present many challenges to a company. It is difficult for a company to maintain productivity and quality output from employees with swinging moods and negative attitudes. Even without consciously meaning to, managers stop believing in these employees and thus begins a cycle that revolves around distrust, low performance and failure. You may end up losing such employees and star performers Copyright 2013 | Saigun Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 4
  5. 5. Why it is important to build Self Esteem in Employees Employees with high self esteem are more productive, committed and are simply more motivated. They have more productive relationships with other coworkers and are able to accept criticism gracefully. Professional self esteem can be defined as the belief of each employee in their competence and that they have all the necessary skills to perform their job. Copyright 2013 | Saigun Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 5
  6. 6. How to handle employees in such situations? The employees who have sudden low self esteem may become defensive. Becoming strict or impatient will only make the situation worse. Be patient and give time to them to recover and perform. Guide the employees behavior rather than their personality. Stop watching them too closely or paying attention to everything they say. Communicate your expectations in writing. Use goal-setting to align their activities Track periodically and recognize every success Copyright 2013 | Saigun Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Provide training and professional development opportunities. Once the performance is back on track, recommend rewards and give bigger job responsibilities 6
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