In business, the fundamental values of good leadership and management do not change. Great bosses are those who consistently inspire employees to perform well, which plays a major role in the long-term success of the business.
Here are four things that every boss should be doing in the workplace:
Publicly recognising productive employees for their contributions shows how much their efforts are appreciated. This will also encourage outstanding and sustained performances. Acknowledging the personal side of workplace relationships can also help in building trust. Leaders who make the effort to find out what’s important to employees and acknowledge their critical milestones, including a company anniversary date, birthday or critical accomplishments, show commitment to the people as well as the business.
Set high standards for communication, productivity and professionalism throughout the business. Enlist the help of the employees to identify blocking issues, focus attention on possible solutions, and strive to meet and exceed expectations. Remembering that every person is unique is a positive trait that can help you discern how to properly inspire others to achieve their goals, desires and aspirations.
Communicate clearly, professionally, and often. Employees expect their manager to give an honest assessment of their performance, as well as constructive criticism when they are not performing to the expected standard. Ambiguity or uncertainty can create even more problems for any business so strong communication skills are integral to success.
Bosses who believe employees are capable and responsible encourage autonomy, whilst also creating a strong sense of community throughout the organisation. To establish trust, bosses should create a safe, positive working environment with open, honest, two-way communication. Following through with your promises will also help towards making your employees trust you and will, in turn, lead to a healthy workplace relationship.