Bosses should think of the workplace as their employees home away from home because after all, they do spend half their day there. The goal is to want to make your employees want to come to work, not dread it. This does not have to be a struggle; in fact, it can all be quite simple. If a boss wants more accomplished in the workplace, there are a few do’s and don’t to implement when it comes to inspire those who work for her.
First and foremost, develop relationships with those who work for you. Most importantly, know their names! Take an interest in their lives, including career aspirations. Maybe establish an “open door” policy for employees to come talk with you. Be present in what goes on in the workplace. Treat top performers to one-on-one lunches. Acknowledge birthdays or other special occasions that might be happening in your employees lives.
Mentoring your employees helps establish connections with other staff members and creates a bond of trust and openness. Set goals with your employees. Also, set a good example for them because they will most likely mimic your hard work and adapt to the values and beliefs that you have instilled upon your business.
Make sure that your employees have a fair work and life balance. Flexibility for their needs will make employees more engaged and likely to put business first when there is a business need.
People actually think better when they take their lunch time or a break. Many companies give the standard one hour lunch, which is great, but some companies, such as Google and Time Warner, have gone as far as creating nap rooms for their employees to help advocate for fresh ideas and creativity.
Sometimes all a person needs is to be recognized for their hard work with a simple “Thank you.” Taking a moment to personally thank an employee with a handwritten letter will mean more to them than you may know. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.
Keep in mind that your employees have a life away from work, so making them work constant overtime or guilt tripping them to work on their time off could make them resent you.
Yes, we know that deadlines have to be met and tasks have to be completed in a timely manner, but breathing down your employees neck is uncomfortable and nerve-wracking, and this could cause them to lose confidence in their capabilities. Set fair deadlines that give your employees a sufficient amount of time to deliver you quality work.
When you shoot out too many ideas, it can get confusing and will lead your employees astray. Show your employees that you are organized and excited about your plans because that will make them feel that they too are organized and excited about carrying out your plans.
Talk, talk, and more talk can really be uninspiring, especially when employees don’t see results. Be proactive in your business and shoot for the stars because nothing is more inspiring than seeing a person’s dreams come true; it prompts others work toward their own success and life dreams!
They know exactly what they are doing -- that’s why you hired them, right? Micromanaging doesn’t sit well with most people. Establish a meeting once a week with each employee to see their progress. If the business is too large for you to meet with everyone, assign an office manager to this task, but still meet with a handful of employees each week (rotate who you meet with so you can develop relationships).
A happy employee means a happy work environment, which inevitably leads to a higher success rate. It can be tough being the boss and making sure that everyone is content, but ultimately it takes less time than resolving communication issues, employee problems, and customer dissatisfaction. If you and your employees are on the same page, productivity and success is much more likely. To accomplish more, the boss needs to set the tone in the workplace because in the end, they are the one people turn to for inspiration and guidance.
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