As a manager, it’s possible to be pulled from every direction at any time of the day. You are supposed to have an “open door policy” and assure your employees that whenever they need to talk, you are here for them.
Even though you are supposed to always be readily available for your team, at times as a manager you need space. You need alone time. You need quiet time so that you can do your own work and stay on top of your A-game. A job in management isn’t an easy route and you have to be able to multi-task and keep all of your employees happy and challenged. So what happens when you are pulled from every direction at all times of the day and cannot do your job or focus? You send a “Harvey Letter” and tell your employees to basically leave you the F alone (unless they are summoned).
Well, not exactly.
Steve Harvey has been the talk of the town since an email to his employees leaked online. Steve Harvey pretty much said all the things managers may want to say at times, but know good and damn well it’s A) Not professional B) Doesn’t show good management/leadership qualities and C) Is just rude AF.
The next time you are feeling like Steve, don’t send a rude and impersonal email. There a million other ways you can tell your team that you need space and alone time to do your work and focus. When you take on the role as a manager, you become a leader and whether you like it or not, you are the go-to person and should have an open door policy.
If you haven’t read it, here is the full email below from Steve to his staff:
Good morning, everyone. Welcome back.
I’d like you all to review and adhere to the following notes and rules for Season 5 of my talk show.
There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE.
Do not come to my dressing room unless invited.
Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED.
My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me.
I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff.
You must schedule an appointment.
I have been taken advantage of by my lenient policy in the past. This ends now. NO MORE.
Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly. Either knock or use the doorbell.
I am seeking more free time for me throughout the day.
Do not wait in any hallway to speak to me. I hate being ambushed. Please make an appointment.
I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me.
If you’re reading this, yes, I mean you.
Everyone, do not take offense to the new way of doing business. It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment.
Thank you all,