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10 Reasons Why Managers Prefer Assertive Candidates

10 Reasons Why Managers Prefer Assertive Candidates

 
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What are the most important benefits of assertiveness and why do managers prefer assertive employees? Find out in ZandaX's blog article.
 
Article author: Ashley Andrews
      Written by Ashley Andrews
       (6-minute read)
The modern-day workplace is distinctly different from what it was even a decade ago. The work culture has changed and so has the attitude of the workforce. Today's professionals are highly ambitious, smart, corporate-savvy, don't think twice about working late into the evening ... or standing up to their bosses if they need to. Though there may be some exceptions, the fact remains that many employees don't really feel the need to be subversive or adopt a "yes, boss" attitude.

This brings us to the question about why managers prefer assertive candidates who apply for jobs. Because they do! Contrary to popular belief, today's employers and recruiters are looking for indications of assertiveness during the interview process. But why is it such a valued trait and why do managers prefer assertive employees?



1. Better Problem-Solving

At work, an assertive employee is able to address interoffice, as well as customer issues head-on. Unlike them, people who are very passive in their approach to dealing with others will face difficulties in expressing their opinions and needs, while aggressive employees are more likely to disregard the needs of those they are interacting with. Typically, this is why managers prefer employees who are able to toe the line of assertiveness and not let it evolve into aggression.


2. More Effective Communication

A large part of working in an organization is about teamwork and communicating well with superiors, colleagues and subordinates. Unlike others, assertive employees are able to do all these in a constructive way, and get their message across without hurting other people's feelings.

An objective manager knows that assertive people are more productive and are likely to perform better, since they have the confidence to consistently make independent decisions whenever necessary and don't have to wait for their manager's feedback all the time.
They also know when they need to ask for clarification in order to perform their tasks to the required standard. They are also level-headed and can digest critique without actually withdrawing into their shells or exploding in anger, both of which can impede performance.


3. Valuable Inputs

Whenever assertive employees interact with their co-workers, they find it easy to delegate assignments. They can conduct team meetings (if that's part of their job responsibility) with assurance and make positive contributions in departmental meetings as well. Assertive people are able to liaise with their colleagues both in and outside of work, and become a valuable asset to the company.


4. Better Customer Service

Regardless of the size of the company or the service or product being offered, customer satisfaction is the cornerstone of successful business. Assertive people can communicate effectively with customers, listen to their complaints, ask appropriate questions and resolve the issues they are facing. When they are unable to resolve an issue, they can politely and firmly apologize that they are unable to do any more, without hurting the other person's feelings or giving the company a bad name.

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5. Less Tension in the Workplace

Many organizations now opt for specialized assertiveness training sessions for their employees, like the courses we provide at ZandaX, and smart managers know this will benefit them (and the company) too. In many cases, workplace tension is the result of poor communication or the inability to control one's emotions, both of which can be remedied by assertiveness training.

When employees are assertive, destructive and unnecessary interpersonal tensions are significantly reduced. The fact is that assertion breeds assertion and employees are more likely to work better with assertive colleagues, rather than against them. From a manager's viewpoint, a more assertive workforce means being able to get more satisfactory outcomes from team members.



6. Increased Confidence

Assertive employees are more confident about themselves, which helps them recognize and accept the strengths of the people they work with, instead of feeling threatened by them. This creates an atmosphere of healthy competition within the team. It keeps everyone on their toes, helps them to improve their productivity and ensures that no one is unhappy, which makes it a win-win for the manager handling that team.


7. No Fear of Failure

One of the most important reasons why managers prefer assertive employees is that assertive employees aren't afraid of failures or of making mistakes. This also means that they will be more proactive at trying out new strategies at work, and will be more actively involved in the workings of the organization.

They won't step back from taking initiatives such as putting forth ideas in team meetings, or asking whether certain changes are possible in how their department works. This helps them climb the corporate ladder faster and benefits the organization as it keeps stagnancy at bay.


8. Assertive Employees Create Less Stress

When employees are no longer preoccupied with losing out or upsetting others, they save themselves a great deal of nervous energy. In turn, this reduces the stress levels among co-workers, which are typically associated with proving themselves and getting results. Since they are much less concerned of what others think about them - and have no fear of making mistakes - it gives them the scope to work more productively in other aspects of their jobs.




9. More Level-Headed Discussions

In addition to the above, there are many intangible benefits too; some of which are directly related to the managers themselves. Every manager conducts appraisal meetings for their team members. There are times when employees have to be given some unsavory feedback, which may lead to a certain amount of tension that can impact the manager-employee working relationship.

Having to give negative feedback is tough, but it can be even more stressful to conduct these meetings with hostile employees. Since assertive people are more confident and are able to communicate and discuss issues in a more level-headed manner, it helps the manager maintain positivity in the course of appraisal meetings.


10. Honesty and Integrity

It's a proven fact that employees who are more assertive are automatically perceived as being honest and having higher levels of integrity compared to those who aren't. Of course, some managers may feel threatened by assertive employees, as it is also a trait of successful and effective leaders. But smart managers will encourage employees to be assertive and vocal – after all, leadership is not about holding the reins and controlling employees by pulling back. It's about reaching organizational goals by leading, supporting, encouraging, and honing employee behavior to create a workplace culture where everyone's opinion is respected and every person is valued.


So That's Why!

We think you'll agree that the benefits we've mentioned are pretty significant, and explain why assertive candidates will excel at interviews in ways that others simply cannot.
So it's time to do some self-assessment (we have a free assertiveness test that may help you here) and decide whether you could benefit from a bit of skills improvement in this area!

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