Consistency to me is one of the most important traits an individual can have and the most important trait when branding yourself as a leader. In order to keep things flowing and keep morale up I think displaying consistency in your expectations and guidelines is key.
I worked for a company where I swear everyday there was new rules, you got to the point where when you came into work you were like how am I supposed to do my job today. The manager would find a problem and create a new rule to try and solve that problem and tell all employees that if they did not follow the rule they might lose their job. Well come two weeks down the road that rule was thrown out the door and another one was in place.
Due to the fact of inconsistency employees got frustrated and it got to the point where everyone joked about it, which did not make the work place very profession. The worst part was the manager would get upset at the employees for not doing their job but failed to grasp the fact she was consistency changing the rules.
The inconsistency eventually led to favoritism, it was one rule for this person and another rule for this person. One action was deemed punishable for employee A but when employee B did that same action somehow it went unnoticed and unpunished.
After working under this leadership it helped me realize in order to make an employee-manager relationship thrive you need to be consistent. Consistent from person to person and consistent in your expectations, I think if you lay the rules out plain and simple then you will have better employees because they know exactly what they are signing up for.
Let me know your thoughts on workplace consistency or lack of it!