Every boss wants to be respected by his employees. But being appreciated rather than just respected and feared is also important if you want to build on a strong foundation. Your employees are your most important asset and if they are not happy in your enterprise, the negative impact will be felt.
Here are 5 tips you can apply in order to be the best boss ever
Be clear about your expectations
Be clear from the beginning about what you are expecting. Do not try to be the cool boss while staying silent about things that are important to you. It is important for your employees to know what you are comfortable with and what you do not accept in your office. This will help avoid bad surprises and build a relationship of trust between you and your employees.
Plan meetings outside of the office
Planing meetings outside of the office will help your employees feel more relaxed. It is a great way to really get to learn more about their personalities. Many times, the office environment might make some employees feel nervous and put pressure on them to be a certain way. Allowing them to be who they really are will not only create a better work environment but also build stronger relationships between you and your staff.
Ask your employees what they are expecting from you
It is a no brainer to tell employees what is expected of them but it also very important for a boss to ask his/her employees what they are expecting from him/her. This will not only show the employees that their opinion matters but will also make them feel valued and appreciated. When an employee feels valued, he is more willing to give his best and go the extra mile.
Take the time to learn more about their personal life
And by this, we do not mean being nosy but simply making sure you know a little bit about their family and their hobbies. These employees will feel more comfortable telling you the truth when they need a day off to take their kids to a doctors appointment for example. Also, it will bring more conversations to the table! This is crucial if you want your employees to be comfortable around you and not feel awkward as soon as there is nothing left to be said about work.
Do not forget birthdays!
Forgetting birthdays is a big NO-NO. Make sure your accountant puts some money aside to buy a cake and some balloons for employees birthdays. Celebrating your employees will bring them closer and create a sense of belonging to your enterprise. Put up a board with each name and their birth day so nobody forgets!
You will never be able to be the perfect boss to your employees but by applying these tips listed above, you will make sure you do your best to create an environment where employees feel valued and are not afraid to approach you.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, writer, Shortstints