No matter what industry you are in, being a boss can be extremely challenging. It not only takes a great deal of drive and ambition and the willingness to take on a great deal of responsibility, but being a boss also means learning how to work with your employees. The better of a boss you can be for your employees, the better your employees will perform, meaning the better your company will do. If you want your employees and your company to thrive you need to be the type of boss that your employees need. You can’t just focus on your own needs, you also need to focus on your employees’ needs as well. This is the best way to ensure that your entire organization and everyone in it is thriving under your leadership.
You may already be great at your job and even a great boss, but keep these tips in mind if you want to make sure you are the type of great boss that your employees need.
Do quarterly reviews as well as annual reviews.
Annual reviews are not exactly a new concept, but they are something that all effective bosses should be doing. However, if you really want to be the type of boss your employees need, it is important that you are checking in on them in this intimate manner more than just once a year. Instead of just doing annual reviews, consider doing quarterly reviews as well. This is a great way to make sure that you are fostering open communication between yourself and your employees. Make sure that you emphasize that these meetings are not about telling your employees what to do differently or criticizing them, it should be a time for you both to express concerns and things that you are happy with in your working relationship.
You can tell your employees things that you love that they are doing and areas where you would like to see improvement. During these quarterly meetings you can also get valuable feedback on areas where your employees feel that you or the company could improve. Doing these four times a year instead of one can make sure you are staying on top of issues and being proactive before small concerns before they become much larger problems. This also shows your employees that you care about their thoughts with what is going on with your company enough to sit down face-to-face and make sure they are getting the attention that they need.
Give employees the opportunity to excel.
There are many bosses who feel as though their employees are simply not rising to the occasion and excelling in the way they want them to. Before you are too hard on your employees for not “excelling” in a certain fashion, make sure that you are giving them the opportunity that they need. Sometimes you need to push your employees or give them the opportunity to really excel, shine and show you what they can do. Many times, if you don’t give them an opportunity, they may not rise to the challenge and to the occasion. This can be just the push that many employees need in order to really do great things for your company and to show you, and the rest of the organization what they are capable of. If you feel like you haven’t really given your employees the opportunity that they need, then you may want to consider putting them in a position to show you just how much they can do. You may be surprised by what some of your team members are capable of.
Fire the slackers fast.
Firing the right employees who do the wrong things can really go a long way in making sure you are doing what is best for the rest of your team members. If you have slackers on your team, fire them right away. This will help your entire organization be more efficient and productive and it will make sure that your hard working employees aren’t picking up the slack for others. The moment you notice someone is a true slacker, it is time to let them go. It is not fair to you, to your company or to your other team members.
If you keep these important tips in mind, you can make sure that you are providing your employees with the leadership and the environment they need to be the best versions of themselves possible.