Being a new boss can be quite the daunting storm to conquer. All this new power when you’ve grown so accustomed to endlessly paddling opposite a forever-against-you current. So what’s a body to do? What sort of boss do you see yourself as?
Perhaps a mother hen sort, constantly comforting her chicklings into laying the perfect, golden egg. Perhaps you will be the respected sergeant of your devoted troops. The choice is yours.
As the boss, your employees look to you for guidance and leadership. What do you look to them for?
Here are the four keys to ensure the best employee results:
- To have a group of hard-working, positive employees, you first need to hire the right type of people. I have always approached the hiring process with this motto in mind: “hire people who are smarter or more talented than you are.” There are some pretty gifted people out there, more so than myself- why wouldn’t I want them working for me? Have some faith in the people.
- Don’t be that boss. You know the one, “the Man.” A boss with too tight a grip brings down employees by controlling their every move, by requiring a sign-in sheet for bathroom use, and by all too frequently peering over shoulders. By trusting your employees, people don’t have to go around tip-toeing at work or feel a constant flow of boss anxiety. People work better with a good environment. A tyrant of a boss does not make for a good environment.
- Allow for time off. If employees are given the opportunity to recharge they will be more present when at the office. An over-worked individual does not have the best output results. The same principal goes for yourself. I know if I have my allotted family time then I will perform my best when at work.
- Encourage open communication. Make yourself approachable. With open communication between you and your staff, you will know everything going on in the office without having to snoop; your employees will come to you.
If nothing else, learn to trust your team. You hired these people for a reason; trust them to aid your company in reaching its full potential. And how could they not succeed with a captain like you at the ship’s helm?