You might not have started a business to become a boss, but if you have enough success, then that’s just what you’ll be. And if you’ve never been in a management position before, then this might feel like a pretty unusual situation to be in. While it’ll take time to figure out what your leadership style is, there’s one thing you’ll want to do from the first day as a boss: look after your employees. This is something that many bosses overlook, but it always comes back to haunt them one way or another. But how do you do this? We take a look at a few ways how to look after your staff below.
More than a Function
You’ve hired your employees to do a role, sure, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that that’s all they are. A member of staff is not a robot, there to do whatever you ask them to do; they’re a fully-fleshed human being, so don’t forget it. Rather than simply barking orders, take the time to get to know them — an employee that’s asked about their family, their hopes and dreams, and other special matters will always feel valued. When they do a good job, it’s recommended that you give them praise — it will be appreciated.
Bringing the Happiness
Workers have been squeezed a lot of the best few decades (in fact, more or less forever), but new research suggests that there’s a lot of value in ensuring that they’re kept happy. For one, it’s just the right thing to do. Second, you’ll find that they work more productively — and there’s no company in the world that couldn’t do with a boost in productivity. You can increase your team’s happiness levels by creating a pleasant working environment, paying them well, and offering small bonuses — even free coffee and donuts at work can have a positive impact.
Looking After Safety
You’re in a position of trust when you’re the boss. You’re bringing people into your organization, and as such, you’re the one that’s responsible for their safety. You could get most everything else right, but if you’re not guaranteeing that your employees are well looked after and safe from injury — or worse — then you’re failing in your duty of care. How you protect your employees will depend on the type of business that you have. It might just involve ensuring there’s a clear safety exit at all times, or more advanced things, such as providing height safety harnesses. Whatever type of workplace you have, don’t take safety lightly.
Open Door Policy
Ultimately, you’ll always be on the path towards being a good boss if you’re open and willing to listen. It’s impossible that you’ll get everything right at the first time of asking; you’re only human, after all. But if you can open your door to your employees and listen to what they have to say — and be ready to enact on their thoughts — then you’ll always be looking after your team.