The 4th of July has people blowing up stuff. In honor of that, let’s blow up some myths that many managers still hold near and dear! 

Myth #1: It is productive to encourage employees by downplaying their accomplishments.

Everyone likes to hear that they are doing something right. Rather than motivating by downplaying what they have yet to accomplish, share some positive encouragement of what the team is doing well. They will be more invested and happier with the management style and more enthusiastic about reaching their outcomes.

Myth #2: Employees don’t need praise or raises. They should be grateful they have a job.

I heard this recently, and my first thought was: “I am employable!” Why the hell would you ever say this to someone, especially someone you want to keep on your team?

Myth #3: Conference calls are great ways to bring our team together from various locations.

Conference calls should be a 10 minute get-to-the-point way of notifying your team of a few key pieces of information. Otherwise, your team is making shopping lists or checking out new bags on Coach’s website. Just saying…

Myth #4: Everyone loves a PTO commando!

I earned my PTO. And I am going to take my PTO, or a sick day if I am sick. Being a PTO commando is like telling someone that they cannot use their health insurance or 401K.

Myth #5: Micromanagement keeps employees focused.

Micromanagement is only necessary for your weakest employees (those who are in training and those who are dead weight and really should be replaced.) Competent employees will be proud to share their latest accomplishments with you as a manager, and do not need to be ridden like a horse! Let them do their job and they will happily complete their tasks well.

1.     There is a reduction in staff and you were the last one hired, therefore the first one out. It sucks! It was a purely financial decision. Thereby, explain it as such with confidence in an interview and you will likely get hired.

2.     You stole money/trade secrets/confidential info from the company. Hope you look good in stripes. Or orange. You’re going to have a much rougher time getting rehired.

3.     Your attitude sucks. You may be burned out or just hate your dead end job. If you don’t take that to heart, you will get promoted. If you do, you may be out on your miserable rear end. Job prognosis: people hire who they like. Lighten up!

4.     You are addicted to Facebook, Angry Birds, texting, or personal phone calls. Your boss is paying you to work. Try it. You may like it.

5.     You and your boss had a disagreement. A bad one. Eating crow can be good for you, especially if you like eating. All kidding aside, know when to call a truce and maintain professionalism. It’s much easier to find a job when you have a job.

1.     You have the skills and qualifications that an employer is seeking. I am not going to hire someone with a high school diploma who bags groceries as a CEO (at least not yet). Get the experience, read the posting, and know how your qualifications fit the position.

2.     Your resume is concise, results oriented, and outlines what you can contribute to the organization.

3.     Your resume and cover letter are grammatically correct. I am not hiring “mangers” to run a department, and that is not picked up on spell check. Have a friend or a professional read over your resume and letter prior to submission.

4.     You have the software skills an employer is looking for.

5.     You are likeable, positive, and confident. Nothing gets me wanting to end an interview more than a whiner who blames the world for his/her inability to be employed.