If they are to find happiness at work, employees need to be paid fairly, have safe working conditions and feel engaged with the company and their co-workers. But what motivates most workers is having a good relationship with their supervisor. For any manager, the secret to having a productive department is showing respect to everyone on the team, no matter what their experience or skill set.
Leaders who understand it’s critical to make their workplace one where people want to work begin by showing gratitude to their workers. Communicating words of praise and thanks goes a long way toward creating loyalty, job satisfaction and cohesion throughout the organization. With that goes an increase in productivity and profits.
Your employees will know you value them when…
You say “thank you”
It takes little effort to make a significant impact on a worker. Showing gratitude with a simple thank you gives your employees the feeling they are an appreciated member of the team. And you don’t have to wait until the end of a project to do it. Every time you notice one of your workers putting in a much-needed effort, a tap on the shoulder and a quick thanks will be meaningful and motivational.
You show confidence in them
If you have an important or difficult project ahead, let your people know you believe they have the right stuff to complete the project on time and to do it well. Showing that kind of faith in your team can boost morale significantly. Your people might lose their confidence along the way, so be sure to reinforce them with encouragement whenever they begin to doubt themselves.
You ask them for their opinion
You might be the manager, but you don’t know everything. Sometimes the workers on the floor are your best source for information. Ask them what they think. You could find the solution to a problem and at the same time, show them you value their opinions.
You offer to help
You can distinguish yourself as a leader when you are willing to pitch in and help with a problem or a fast-approaching deadline. You will help by taking some pressure off them, and you will build your relationship with the team by getting your hands dirty.
You acknowledge their ideas
If you’re in a meeting with your employees and someone comes up with a good idea, make sure to tell them it’s good. It will boost morale and encourage others to contribute ideas. Managers who acknowledge the ideas of their workers tend to create a positive and open environment.
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