By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR.
Do you play favorites?
When it comes to playing favorites, I believe managers tend to fall into one of three camps: (1) they work hard to treat their employees fairly; (2) they don’t really think about it much; or, (3) they don’t care what people think because they are “the boss.” Whether you fall into one of the first two camps or are skeptically considering why you should abandon the third, it may be helpful to consider some reasons why your employees believe you play favorites.
We all have favorites. Right?
What sets strong leaders apart is that rather than forming and holding onto favorites based primarily on personal preferences, a strong leader develops each of their employees while recognizing that additional time and resources may be dedicated toward “top performers” based on criteria such as:
So, why does it matter?
When your employees perceive you are playing favorites, their ability to trust and respect your leadership is compromised. Eventually, this translates into decreased employee engagement, which reveals itself in areas such as decreased productivity, creativity, collaboration, morale, and employee retention. To make sure that your employees do not perceive you are playing favorites (rightfully or not), consider these helpful tips: