An unbelievable 75% of people leave their job because of their boss. Whilst it’s impossible to make everyone like you all the time (regardless of whether you’re the big boss or not), this figure highlights the fact that being a likeable boss isn’t just about being popular – it’s a retention issue.
Improving your management skills is just as important as helping your employees to develop their skills. If you want to make sure that you’re being the best boss that you can possibly be, have a read of the top five reasons employees love their boss.
Consistent and meaningful communication
The biggest problem that employees report having with their managers is a lack of communication. If you can improve your communication skills and create a culture of open communication within your team, you will go a long way when it comes to improving your relationship with your employees.
Staff have been found to engage with their managers much better and more openly when they have been given clear expectation and updates when it comes to what’s expected of them.
Recognition and praise
Surprisingly, only 35% of employees said they would be happier at work if they got a pay rise whereas 65% said they would be happier if they got more recognition. If you want to be a great boss then make giving recognition a habit. Set a goal of giving praise to at least one employee per day, make it part of weekly staff meetings or send out thank you emails to those who have been working particularly hard.
Feedback, mentoring and training
Job roles are a lot broader than they used to be and expectations are higher which means that we’re busier in the workplace than ever before. Sadly, this means that the role of the boss as a mentor seems to have almost disappeared. Employees still crave and need this kind of development from their managers however so try to find opportunities to teach, provide additional support or initiate further training if you want your staff to be happy.
Good work culture
The best bosses find ways to build a sense of community in the workplace. A huge part of this is finding and attracting the right team members in the first place. It’s also about making sure that the right people are in the right roles so that they can make the best use of their individual skills and talents.
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and any great boss knows this and therefore ensures that their employees feel safe to take chances and fail. Staff who trust that their failures will be met with constructive feedback and support are much more likely to think creatively, work outside the box and come up with innovative solutions to problems. If people are too scared to take risks out of fear of losing their job, you will never get the best out of them.