Thats right, you should be treating your employees like dogs. If you aren’t, you are missing out on some great leadership opportunities for yourself and you are holding back your employees from growing.
My wife and I recently got a dog and I immediately saw parallels between puppy training and growing employees. Below the top 5 reasons why you should treat your employees like dogs -
Puppies will work very hard for praise and treats. They will sit still for 30 minutes and just stare if you have a treat in your hand and ask them to stay. Yelling at them doesn’t have this lasting effect. If she tries to eat something off of the table and we yell at her, 5 seconds later she will try to eat off of the table again.
When Returning home from work, I have to be careful to only praise the puppy when she is calm and not jumping around like crazy. By doing this she connects people coming in the house with being calm.
Never yell at your dog for going to the bathroom in the house. Most likely she’s already forgotten that she did it. Even if you catch her in the act, all it does is make her scared to poop in front of you and actually makes it more likely she’ll go hide somewhere in the house to go to the bathroom next time. You are better off praising them when they do it right.
Puppies don’t understand “sometimes.” Either they are allowed up on the furniture or not; its either OK to jump on everyone or no one. You have to decide what is acceptable and be consistent in what you ask for.
The best time to start training your puppy is right away. The sooner you teach your puppy how you want them to act, they sooner you don’t need to watch over their every move.
Am I a sadist or are there parallels in good puppy training and growing your employees? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on growing employees.