You’re the Boss!

By on May 11, 2018

Having fun in your business and being passionate about what you do – AND making a profit at the same time?? It just doesn’t get any better. Except for now you have a responsibility – to your business, your employees, your clients and vendors. You have a lot of people depending on you! As a business owner, you can’t help but be emotionally invested. So whether your emotions are positive or negative, they will permeate everything you do. So here are a few tips for you.

• Nice bosses don’t have to finish last. For some reason, a lot of people think that if you want to be a boss that gets things done, you have to be mean. Not true! You don’t need to inundate an already overworked employee with more work, to threaten a cut in pay or fewer hours, or to give unrealistic deadlines. Sometimes these steps are necessary, but nobody feels good about it. Your workers won’t be happy with all of your decisions, but as long as you’re fair and they know you’ve exhausted all your options, there won’t be any hard feelings.

• Follow up on Mission Impossible. Don’t leave your employees in a lurch. If you’re asking them to pull an all-nighter, at least buy dinner, and check in from time to time to see how things are going. Review the work, offer guidance, and give them plenty of time to make changes. The worst things is when a boss goes MIA and then makes a grand entrance at the very end with suggestions that are too late.

• Recognize your employee’s hard work. A little compliment goes a long way, and even better if it’s given in front of an audience. A compliment behind closed doors just doesn’t taste as sweet. If you called someone in on their day off, give them another day off during the week to make up for it. They have their own families, and their time is valuable too! Little gestures like that mean a lot to your staff, and it boosts their morale. They know that you aren’t taking them for granted. They also feel that they are not slogging their lives away for no reason. Such gestures are the equivalent of surprises, and as a nice boss, it is the least you can do.

• Exceptions to the Nice Boss rule. There are times when you need to rise to the occasion, and this might involve ruffling some feathers. This doesn’t mean you have to be outrageous, just be firm. And actually, your employees see it as your responsibility to make things right. Sometimes that means standing up to your clients if they’re being verbally abusive to one of your employees. Your employee will see how much you value them, and your client will simmer down and learn they’re speaking to someone of equal status.

Show them why you’re the boss. You will be humbled by the loyalty and perseverance your staff will show you when they know they can count on you to keep them gainfully employed!

Source by Melissa B Evans

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