Be a Good Boss, Have Happy Employees and Watch Your Business Grow

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Did you know that three out of every four people report their boss is the most stressful part of their job?

Now this could just be employees whining, but with supervisor relationships found to directly impact productivity and staff turnover, can you really afford to just brush these statistics off?

So, the question is, how can you be a good boss and help to create a stellar work environment so that your employees are happy?

Read on for some simple tips that can have a big impact.

Are YOU a good boss?

Being a good boss isn’t rocket science.  Here are three proven, practical approaches you can use to immediately improve your performance:

  1. Boost positivity by starting meetings with the question: “What’s working well?” Happy employees work harder, stay longer, maintain their composure in a crisis and take better care of the organization.
  2. Engage their strengths – Employees who have the opportunity to use their strengths – the things they enjoy and are good at – are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.  Use this free survey.
  3. Recognize accomplishments – We all want to be valued and appreciated. Giving specific, deliberate and immediate recognition around big and small accomplishments can be even more motivating than money.

Have employees? Share these tips!

As a boss, you can cultivate an environment that encourages a positive experience for your employees.

Below are three proven, practical approaches that any employee can use to make their work more rewarding. Let employees know you promote and support these tips.

  1. Create Some Jolts of Joy – Sprinkle jolts of joy – moments that bring a genuine smile to your face – to short circuit any stress. This might include finding a quiet place to meditate, putting a favorite song on their ipod, taking a quick walk outside, watching a funny clip on youtube or calling a friend.  All proven mood boosters.
  2. Invest In Relationships – Create connection rituals to get together with people you value. This might include a daily walk at lunch, a weekly coffee, a monthly dinner with colleagues.
  3. Shift Focus – Write down at least one goal at work that’s authentic, harmonious and within your reach. Realizing authentic goals satisfies your true values and innate needs, makes you happier, healthier and willing to work harder. One way to seed more ‘want-to’ goals into your day is to start by thinking about all the things that you can do. Out of those, select the ones you want to do. Then, reduce your choice further by zooming in on what you really want to do. Finally, select those things that you really, really want to do – and then start doing them.

Go ahead, try out these tips above and see how your team responds. Remember, being a good boss leads to happy employees, and happy employees can lead to a flourishing small business.

Join us!

Did you know that National Boss Day is October 16th? Use this day to show your appreciation to your team and join us in creating a movement towards creating better bosses around the globe.

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Michelle McQuaid is a proven expert on bringing out the best in people at work.  With her playful, scientific approach, Michelle fuses positive psychology and neuroscience into simple, practical actions at http://www.michellemcquaid.com that anyone can take to create life-changing habits that last.

Comments

  1. Excellent article; I completely agree! A person’s boss is HUGELY impactful in regards to just how happy a person is in their job and how long they stay. I also second the recognition factor-that is key. Thank you!

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