Stop Using Management As a Reward

Job recruiters love to promote future management opportunities when they are looking to fill a position. There is a problem with that, though. Not everyone is cut out to be a manager, so such opportunities should stop being looked at as an expectation. Keith Enochs believes that leadership positions are a privilege and should not be treated as a reward. You can engage strong workers in ways other hand leadership responsibilities, such as, entrusting them with new opportunities, put them in charge of a special project, and let them select their path.

Reflect on these key points:

  • 1Hiring people with the expectation that they will advance to managerial positions may not always work for companies and shouldn’t be the automatic expectation.
  • 2Looking back, often high performing people were moved to managerial roles and were not meant to be managers; those people can still be rewarded with new challenges such as helping new workers.
  • 3By empowering your employees with new responsibilities, you may see that they are meant to be managers after all.

“High performers love to take on new things. One of the biggest demotivators for some is the lack of new challenges.”

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