High school newspaper story:
Results are what every boss expects of his employees. Whether it’s a greater number of customers buying highly priced steaks or an increase in clothing items sold during the day, a manager is always going to push for good results. The numbers these managers depend on, however, are a direct reflection of the employee’s quality of work.
According to recent Department of Labor statistics, the average length of time an employee remains in the same job is now only a year and a half. Those statistics are scary considering it takes a good amount of time before employees are able to be completely familiar in every aspect of the job they are doing.
Bosses need to understand their employees and not treat them as if they are under the direction of a dictator. Forbes stated one of the top six reasons why employees quit their jobs is due to a boss with no empathy.
To the bosses who think scaring employees and being rude to them will end up with good results: You’re wrong. Good results will come when employees respect you and want to make you proud. Just because they don’t have a managing position doesn’t mean they are beneath you.
Your employees are only human, so they may mess up every once in a while. When that happens, just take a deep breath in your office and then go out and fix the problem. The fact that the employee made a mistake in the first place will be a guarantee that they don’t mess up again. Yelling at them will only make it worse.
Don’t have the mindset that employees are “lucky to have this job,” when in reality the job wouldn’t exist in the first place if it wasn’t for them. Rather than acting as if your employees are beneath you, act like they are your partners. It’s okay to have fun while you are working. “Attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent depends on reinventing their work environments, blurring the line between work and play,” according to Forbes.
Some employees need their jobs because it is their way of paying the rent each month. Other employees simply need it for the experience, or a way to pay for the gas in their car. There are plenty of other jobs out there, and if you treat high quality employees like garbage you will be left with people who will not get you the results you want.
Your staff is going to need authority from a leader, or someone to listen to. Those qualities can all be portrayed in a respectful way. Sometimes the title “boss” or “manager” can creep into the back of your head and turn you into the monster you don’t want to be. Be a leader not a dictator.
Greet your employees when they walk in the door, learn their name, thank them before they leave each night, don’t get upset when they mess up every once in a while. If you avoid being the “mean boss” you will get better results. When people like and respect you, they will want to impress you. Be the boss people respect, be the boss people brag about, and be the boss that will get results.