Management Tip of the Day: Be sure you have your staff's backs

Wed Sep 1, 2010 9:24am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"In tough times, people feel more vulnerable and their senses of safety and confidence can easily evaporate. Never has it felt more important to watch out for your people. A boss who backs up her people provides an emotional relief as well as a material one. But don't assume that your team members know that you'd go above and beyond to support them. Even the best bosses can be poor judges of what it's like to work for them. Make it clear by telling your employees that you have their backs. And, since actions always speak louder than words, take every opportunity to demonstrate your unwavering support and avoid creating situations that make it seem like it's everyone for him or herself."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Do You Have Their Backs? Or Just Your Own?" by Robert I. Sutton.

 
<p>Traders work at the Barclays Capital kiosk on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>