Your employees have a silent language too. They might not always boldly say what is on their mind but they also have things they secretly wish you would say or do in order to make them feel appreciated.
They want you to tell them what is on your mind
If there is one thing every employee hates, it is confusion and assumptions. Most of them can feel when something is going on so might as well communicate in order to build a strong and solid relationship. Many times, when something bothers a manager or supervisor, they tend to keep their opinion to themselves but what they do not realise is that, this will only create tension in the workplace. If an employee is doing something wrong, it is best to simply talk to them in private to let them know. Do not hesitate to meet with the whole team if you need to to communicate your ideas and suggestions. By adopting this method, you will help your team have a clear idea of what is expected of them and reduce stress and tension in the workplace.
They want you to recognise their hard work
Employees, even if they do not tell you, want and need to feel recognised for their hard work! Many managers are quick to mention mistakes but slow to acknowledge a job well done. A basic human need is to be valued, seen, and appreciated. When this longing goes unmet — when our basic value and goodness are not recognised and reflected back to us — we may find it difficult to value and affirm ourselves. This is no different for your staff. When employees feel appreciated for the work they do well, they are motivated to work even better. Look for ways to increase employee motivation by recognizing excellence in the workplace. Celebrate the successes with your team members when they complete a job well done.
They want you to see them as Human Beings
It is easy to see our employees as machines assigned to do the work. This can cause you to become inconsiderate of their emotions and personal needs: sickness, families, kids and more. When you remember that your employees are first, human beings, it shows them that you value and appreciated them. It will make you consider their basic needs and feeling and as a result, make you create a healthy environment that will boost their self-esteem and productivity.
They do not like surprises
If you are thinking of implementing new rules and regulations, take some time to communicate with your employees first. Your employees need a period of transition to adapt to changes. Taking the time to let them know when changes are about to be implemented will show them that you value them enough to allow them to process these changes.
They need you to trust them
If you are struggling with micromanagement habits, do your best to let go of control and trust your employees more. Employees need space for their creativity to evolve. They need to feel like it is OK for them to share their ideas and way of doing things. Even though they might go along with your ideas and instructions, when they do not have the freedom to share their thoughts, they will quickly lose their motivation and drive.
Employees are the tools that will help you reach your goals. Their well-being is as important as the maintenance in a machine. Take the time to think about what you could do to make it more fun for them to work.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints