Four ways to make your employees love you

Yes, we get it that you are a boss now.

You worked so hard to start your business. Now it’s time to take control and delegate. How do you do that without overwhelming your staff? Before throwing around ideas and orders, let your employees in on these new changes. Take time to foster your relationship. After all, happy employees equal to a happy work environment.

Here are some recommendations:

Get to Know them

Know more than just their first names and favourite colours. Take time to know each staff member. They might be anxious to make an impression, especially if this is their first job. It’s your job as the boss to create a safe space for your employees, where they feel comfortable to express themselves and let their ideas out. Show a genuine interest in their new ideas and find out what their goals and skills are.

Allow for time to implement your changes

You’re the boss, and you have ideas for the business. But does it hurt to share these ideas with your employees before implementing them so everyone can be on the same page? As a boss set clear objectives and parameters of expectations. You then tell your staff when these changes should be made.

Critique without being critical

Genuine compliments can motivate your team to work harder, even genuine criticism. Lead with a compliment, get into the improvements, then end with a compliment. Focus your feedback on behaviour and skills that you want to see more of, explaining to your staff why it works better than others.

Don’t be a dictator!

No one likes to be told what to do. As a boss, you don’t want to be a dictator. Dictators are not liked. You want people to work for you and to root for you as a new boss. If your workers don’t like you, then they will not work to their best. Be open to different personalities, different work ethics and always bear in mind that productivity works in different cycles. Point is, you can be an efficient boss without turning into a tyrant. 

Being a new boss will be a learning curve, but that’s OK. Sit back, observe, interact, take notes on what works and what doesn’t, learn from your mistakes and then go back to interacting again. It’s a whole new process, but it is worth it if in the end you will be respected and well-liked.

After all, you’re the boss.