Employee Engagement: Assertiveness Vs Aggressiveness

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Employee engagement is the relationship an employee has with the company they work for and the values ​​it presents. An employee that speaks positively about their coworkers and their boss means that they are reasonably happy at their job. Any time an employee is happy at their job then they are most likely working hard and producing quality work for their employer. However, this is not the reality for most employees in this world. Over 90% of working people despise their jobs and wish they were doing something else. Why do you think that is? It could be that people just settle for any job they can get and then try to do their best at making a living from it. Another reason may be related to how the management of a company treats their employees, especially a supervisor or boss. If an employee does not get along with their boss, then it creates tension and hostility in the workplace. This tension and hostility will then be reflected in the performance of the work. This is why the focus on employee engagement is something that all organizations should take part in. Employees that are engaged should have nothing but positive feelings towards everyone in the organization. In order for employee engagement to be successful, the employer has to come half way and be positive towards their employees.

Employees usually get along with their coworkers because they do not have to take orders from them. But when it comes to a boss or super manager, an employee may get easily intimidated by them. Sometimes bosses are nice and it may be the employee that generates negative feelings towards them because of the amount of work they are given. However, there are bosses that like to abuse their position by acting like bullies to their employees in order to get them to work harder and faster. They do not need to act like a bully just to be hurtful, but instead they act that way to give their employees a "push" to work harder. This tactic may be effective for increasing the work production of an organization because the employees will be too afraid of being fired if they disobey their boss’;s demands. However, if a boss keeps doing this then the employees will always want to quit and look for another job somewhere else. This will cost the company more money because they will have to hire new employees and spend time training them.

The problem with managers that act like bullies is that they think being aggressive is the same as being assertive. Back in the old days, this is how all managers used to be. There was no political correctness or sensitivity towards the feelings of the employees. All managers were aggressive with their employees, which would increase the workflow of the company. However, what managers in those days failed to realize was that they did not have to be aggressive to get workers to work harder. All they had to be was assertive because assertive people stand up for what they believe in and express themselves clearly. When someone is aggressive they can appear to be expressing themselves clearly, but they are doing it in a more hostile way. When you talk to somebody in an angry and hostile fashion, then it creates stress for you and the person you are talking to. Why create such negative feelings when you do not have to? Managers can simply be assertive with their employees, which will reduce the negative tension in the air. Assertiveness is all about reducing the levels of anger and stress that people feel. You do not have to be angry to get your point across to someone. All a manager has to do is walk up to their employee and clearly state what they want them to do in a professional manner. If the employee does not follow their instructions then at least it will not be because of the manager’;s aggressive behavior. It would simply be because the employee is not suitable for their position. The only way a good manager will know this is if they stay assertive without being aggressive.

The ability to be assertive is all about controlling your emotions. This is a quality that every manager should have in the organization they work for. It is also crucial to have this ability when dealing with lower level employees who may not have the same responsibilities as you. After all, the more responsibilities someone has the more stress they feel. Stress can cause a manager to get angry with their employees, even if they are not really angry at them. But, the employees will not know that and will think they did something wrong instead. A good manager will always want to let their employees know that they are doing a good job and not send them a false signal of disappointment. Employee engagement is the backbone of a functional and healthy organization. It is up to the managers within the organization to make sure employee engagement stays positive at all times.