1. Let Them Know You Need Them
At times, many business owners make the mistake of thinking they don’t need their employees beyond the service they provide. Do not think they need your money, you need their services and beyond that, you don’t need each other. Let them know that beyond the work, you need them. You can’t keep the business going if you have employees that don’t feel wanted by you beyond their daily schedule. You can’t succeed without the people working for you. In fact, you need them more than need they need you. Without the help of others, you can only achieve little.
No matter how big your business or brand has grown, you still need people. Let them know what you cannot win without them assisting you. Asking your employees for help with certain things makes them happy. People always feel the need to be needed by others. You start bringing problems on yourself as a business owner when you feel you don’t need your employees. Make them feel needed by you and they will give you their best.
2. Compliment Each One in Front of Others
Inasmuch as complimenting your employees when they do something right or something that brings glory to the company, consider saying those words in front of other people. These people could include other employees or some members of their family that hold them in high esteem.
People want to feel worthwhile at different times in their lives. And when a compliment comes from the owner of a business to his employees, they tend to value it more (that’s of course if they value you). When you say good things about your employees in front of other people, it affirms their abilities, which they themselves could doubt, and makes them strong. No word of compliment is too short so far the receiver is worthy and the people in front of whom you are giving it also values you. There is no downside to giving compliments in the open so far you meant every word of it.
Being complimented in front of others makes them happy. It’s a good way to always win with them. You should consider trying it.
3. Give Them a Reputation to uphold
As Goethe said, ‘treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat him as if he were already what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.’ Think about the best of the people that work for you and speak about their finest qualities. If you have an assistant that always represent you well, say it to him or her. If you employ someone to manage a project, and he did so before the deadline day, say it to him, so he or she would maintain it. Treat them better than they ought to be treated by ensuring they take on projects that they thought they have limited abilities to carry out. Give them the reputation of goal-getters, and they would be by constantly encouraging them. Give them names that speak better to their potential and you would soon see them realize it. Sometimes, people don’t know what they can do until they are constantly made to do it. Have a high opinion of them and their potentials, back this up with action that could see them look past their experiences and encourage them to build a new reputation for the future.
4. Say the Right Word at the Right Time
Words are powerful. A right word at the right time said to an employee will boost his or her morale. More than the salary, more than the compliment, they need words of encouragement from you as their boss. At every phase of their professional development, encourage them by saying words to them that reassure them of your interest in their development. When they failed at something, do not be quick to judge them by saying ‘I told you so.’ The words you say are better than the thoughts you conceive in your heart because no one could see those thoughts no matter how noble they are. Be sensitive about time and place. Understand their needs and say words to them that show you truly care.
As they say, the wrong words said at the wrong time discourages, the wrong words said at the right time frustrates, the right words said at the wrong time confuses, and the right words said at the right time encourages.
5. Do for Them What They Cannot Do For Themselves
Recommend your employees for projects that fit their potentials. Sometimes the people you are recommending to might not know them. But they know you and trust your recommendations. What you help those employees achieve by recommending for projects outside their comfort zones would always live with them. Besides, you could introduce them to many things they can’t know on their own. It speaks to your success how many mentees you are able to build from your circle of employees. Take them to places they otherwise couldn’t go on their own by leveraging on your own greater network. Offer them opportunities they can’t get on their own and share ideas with them that they otherwise couldn’t conceive on their own. Do for them what they couldn’t do for themselves and you will see them willing to do it for others too.
Written By Segun Ogunlade, an Online Editor at HowNg.