Apr 28, 2016 05:18 AM EDT

7 Common Mistakes Made By Bosses And How To Prevent Them

Being a leader is not an easy feat. It requires finding the right balance between employee satisfaction and realistic productivity.

Inc. described workplace stress as an "epidemic." While employees may be feeling the pressure in their current job due to personal reasons, there is a distinct possibility that bosses are adding and "perpetuating undue stress."

One of the ways to increase employee engagement is for leaders to be transparent to their teams. Letting them know what is happening overall will help increase employees' commitment to achieving the company's goals.

Another common mistake by bosses is not clearly defining the scope of an employee's role as well as the opportunities for raises and promotions. Having a concrete career trajectory plan will not only help them feel that their work is fruitful; it will also help them see and work on areas where they need to improve.

Goals, while helpful, also need to be realistic. "While your employees support your dreams, they're also here to earn a living," Elizabeth Dukes, co-founder and EVP of iOFFICE wrote for Inc. "Constantly setting unrealistic objectives will only make them feel defeated--especially if they rely on hitting goals for monetary compensation."

Fourth, a good working environment would very much ease the pressures of the job. The lack of proper office supplies and office space could add on the strain as well as frustration that your employees may feel right now.

As a leader, you need to be able to set and clearly define the parameters regarding errors will help your team stay on track. "Disciplining employees for making inconsequential mistakes will thwart creativity and innovation," Dukes added.

Moreover, the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule is no longer effective these days. Each of your employees is unique. The early birds may be more productive in the morning but the night owls may have lower quality output when forced to come to the office in the morning.

Finally, listening to your employees and actually doing something about the information that they share will help you lead them more effectively. These tips may lead to better work quality and improved attitudes from your team.

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