Being a boss to anywhere from 1-100 employees requires more than just signing pay cheques. Being the boss is tough; everything falls on your shoulders, you always have to make the final call, and you are the one responsible for making sure everyone is paid so there is food on the table. The best part, though? Having the amazing opportunity to mentor and watch people grow and succeed.
If you want to go above and beyond for your employees to make sure they know they’re valued, do these 5 things:
- Ask your employees how they are doing. Think about everything your employees are juggling, and take notice of their moods. When someone is having a bad day, one of the best thing you can do for them is to simply see them, and ask if they are okay. Trust us, it’ll go a long way!
- Encourage things that are not work related. A great boss should know and understand that working for you is not their ‘be all and end all’. If you get to know your employees and what their hobbies are outside of work, encouraging them to pursue these things will do wonders for moral; they will see you as more than just a boss.
- Make them feel heard. The last things someone wants is to have an issue with their work or someone in the office, and to have their boss push them aside. Take the time to really listen to your employees.
- Celebrate small wins, too. While the home runs are obvious reasons to celebrate, a great boss knows that what seems like a small win to them may be a big win to their employees. Acknowledge a job well done when you see it, big or small.
- Take time to teach. If an employee is trying hard but not giving you what you are looking for, it can often mean that they simply weren’t given the right instructions or enough time to learn. Be a mentor, slow down, and take the time to teach.