#1 They want you to be their leader
Your employees aren’t looking for their boss to be their friend. They want a leader that can guide them and hold them accountable for their work. Set guidelines, systems and timelines that allow your employees to do a better job.
To Do: stop the gossip. Your employees will respect you as a leader if you act like one!
#2 They want to know the goal
Set expectations. They want to know the long-term goal of their work and how it will develop their personal and professional path.
To Do: schedule casual monthly chats, without HR’s prompting, to discuss any concerns or praises.
#3 They don’t want to be micromanaged
Guiding is not micromanaging. Guide and encourage your employees to make smart business decisions and TRUST them. If you’ve modeled a good attitude and trained your employees, they are capable of success.
To Do: openly discuss your management style and mold your style to meet your employee in the middle.
#4 They want acknowledgement
Whether it’s acknowledgement of their successes or their failures, they want to know that what they are doing has an impact. Challenge your employees to reflect on the decisions they’ve made.
To Do: Make sure to say “hi” and “goodbye” everyday – it’s the little things!
#5 They want to be a part of a team and that team includes you
It’s a manager’s job to foster a collaborative environment for their employees. Every good team has a good coach.
To Do: Be there for the small stuff. From staff meetings to birthday donuts, it all adds up.