Even the most indifferent hard worker wants to be appreciated every now and then, whether it’s for discovering a new way to save money for the business, or fresh inspiration for where to get the most stunning concessions.
With complaints from employees soaring, we figured we’d curate a bunch of our most helpful advice to bosses.
Trust us,the old rules don’t count.
1. “Good job!”
Sure, you don’t want to raise self-entitled employees, but giving recognition is way cheaper than throwing an end of the year party. No matter how much cushy their perks are, hard working employees will want to know that someone cares about whether they churn out god work or not.
2. “What do you think?”
Unless you’re looking to having yes-men around you instead of inspiring employees, you’d better start encouraging problem-solving discussions. Your employees should be allowed to use their critical thinking skills and not become dependent on you.
3. “Tell me more”
Generally, people tend to be at ease if they can sense that you’re really interested in what they think and feel. Rather than a barrage of hard-hitting questions, help them be as efficient as possible at every given moment. This phrase could do your business more good than you thought possible.
4. “This is what I want us to do”
Interacting with the boss can be a tense affair if not handled well but great leaders motivate and communicate their plans to their employees by tying it to the big-picture goals.This fosters a sense of job stability and zeal at work. So always take the time to explain “why” instead of merely doling out instructions.
5. “What can we do better next time?”
Everyone messes up at their job now and then. Mistakes are inevitable but they are opportunities for trying new ideas. Be sure your employees understand this by asking – “What can we do better next time?”
6. “Do you need some support?”
An excellent way of keeping employees productive is by helping them understand they are not alone. Always check in to see what’s on their plate and how you can help them succeed.
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