One thing is sure. You won’t love your job if you hate your boss. First and foremost, people leave companies (or churches or universities or whatever) because of who they work for and they stay because of who they work for. It is the day-to-day interactions of boss/employee that make the most difference—one way or the other.
The October 28 (2013) edition of Forbes featured the 50 Best Small Companies. Four executives were asked, “How do you charge up your employees?” I don’t much like the idea of having to “charge up” employees because it implies they show up “charged down.” Fortunately, the four answers had to do with everyday leading that make employees show up already charged up:
#1: Share the rewards with everyone. Make sure all employees feel like they will benefit, not just a few at the top.
#2: Say “thank you” and show appreciation in small ways (e.g., an afternoon off after a late night of “saving the bacon”).
#3: Actively seek and encourage new ideas and creative solutions to both old and new problems.
#4: Celebrate success and do it every chance you get. Look for small things to celebrate. Progress is a great motivator.
Today would be a good day for you to help your employees love their jobs. Had a really good month? Give everyone a carwash coupon. Ready to finally solve that nagging-every-month problem? Ask for their ideas instead of insisting on your own. And so on…. You’ll be surprised at how much difference it makes.
(You can read the Forbes article for the specifics at http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2013/entrepreneurs-clinic.html)
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© Copyright 2013 by Dick Wells at The Hard Lessons Company
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