I believe, from my years of experience, that health professionals, more specifically supervisors, educators, mentors, and managers have a very hard time admitting mistakes.
In how they handled a difficult client/patient. In how they handled strife in staff relationships. In how they handled their supervisory role when they should have been more inquisitive, supportive, rather that critical and demeaning.
In how they handled staff meetings. Staff meetings to me, are for sharing new information, but more importantly for team building. The more the staff talks and shares, the better. You will learn a lot! I have found that frequent staff meetings are extremely important. And the longer the agenda, the shorter the meeting. And the shorter the agenda, the longer the meeting. Staff is often very pleased to have a forum to be heard and respected.
A good manager, supervisor, mentor always gives the benefit of the doubt, and then shares similar experiences in order to help the staff persons grow, rather than become angry and disillusioned.
This concept leads somewhat to evaluations of staff. Why not allow “self evaluations” on which you can comment. Do not make these events a crisis and frightening. Make them a growth experience for both of you. Don’t make them long and tedious. See if you can prepare a somewhat brief, and to the point, evaluation. Just as your initial interviews should be. Let the staff talk. You will learn a lot more that way. Generally forget exit interviews. When that time comes, egos might be so bruised that you don’t hear the truth. I have occasionally left before the exit interview. I knew I would not be heard anyway. And I once had a lengthy interview, trying to be honest about the management style, and after I left several staff were laid off and/or fired and/or left because they couldn’t stand the place.
So what kind of manager/supervisor/mentor do you want to be?Â Â One whoÂ is rigorously honest and willing to listen, grow, be even more supportive of your staff? Do you want your former staff to not fear asking you for references? Do you want to be respected and respectful?