So I am new to manager tools and looking for some guidance / advice. I am a front line supervisor at a large organization with a unionized workforce. I have three superintendents in my department that are over my peers and myself. I report to only one of the three. However, it seems that all three superintendents have very similar management styles and opinions on how to interact with the front line supervisors’ direct reports. It seems they are not impressed with developing relationships with hourly employees. In fact, they have even told me, “If your operators are not mad at you and filing grievances, you are not doing your job right.”
I have recently started conducting one on one meetings with my direct reports. I already have a pretty good relationship with my direct reports, but the one on ones are making the relationships even better. I am getting the vibe from the superintendents that they feel I am a weak supervisor (do I run my team or does my team run me) because I have good relationships with my direct reports. However, my team is constantly achieving targets, higher morale, and job satisfaction under my management.
My question is, do I change my management style to please the superintendents and rule with the “hammer” (which will quickly deteriorate trust and morale)? Or do I continue to manage my team my way by developing trust, morale, and relationships? Any help would be greatly appreciated.