Five Ways to Connect With Your Employees and Keep Them Accountable

August 24, 2011 by  Filed under: Management 

Even though you’re the boss, let’s be honest: your business could not survive without the help of your employees. With that being said, the disconnect between a boss and his employees can cause problems at any small business and affect the overall efficiency of that business. If employees are fostering a feeling of discontent or even resentment toward their boss, it is likely that they will not feel compelled to work as hard as possible. It is crucial for the sake of the business that employees feel personally invested in how the business fares, because it will reflect in their overall work ethic and help drive the business toward success. Here are five pointers for how to make sure you, the boss, are connecting well with your employees:

1. Be picky about who you hire in the first place

If you are not discriminating when you are deciding who to employ, you can’t be too surprised later on if you find out that certain employees are slacking off or not doing their job correctly. This is why it is important to always contact the references the employee gives you during the interview process. Those references will theoretically have worked with that employee for an extended period of time and will be able to describe to you how his or her work ethic might change over time. Even if a potential candidate for a position at your company shines during the interview process, it is difficult to predict how that employee will perform further down the road.

2. Check in or hold office-wide meetings on a consistent basis

As a small business owner, consider yourself to be something like a sports coach. Only through consistent team meetings that inspire and energize your staff can you expect them to stay “on the ball.” Gather your staff at least once a week and give them a specific update about how the business is doing; they need to reminded that the work they are doing is actually paying off in some tangible form. Give specific examples and don’t be afraid to mention names of staff members who are doing well; this will inspire other staff to want to work hard to receive the same recognition at the next meeting.

3. Be specific about the rules from day one

One way to avoid running into problems with the rules at your business further down the road is by being very clear and up front from day one. This could include informing new employees about policies such as how long their lunch break can be, how many days off they can take, what is and is not appropriate attire at the workplace, etc. If you are too lax about these policies from the start, your employees may start to walk all over you and might not take your authority as seriously as you would like. As much as it’s important to be “the nice guy,” you are still the boss, and they have to remember that it is your job to determine the policies at your small business.

4. Promote and reward your employees

If your employees don’t see any promotions going on at your office, they might become disillusioned and feel no incentive to work hard. The last thing you want is to have a group of employees working for you who feel that they are trapped without the opportunity of upward mobility. Even if your business is struggling financially, it is very important to set aside the necessary funding to reward deserving employees with a raise or a bonus. Even one promotion will have a guaranteed effect on the rest of your staff.

5. Have some empathy

Face it: you weren’t always the big guy. Not too long ago, you were most likely sitting at your desk working for “the man” as well. Remember how it feels to have a boss who is too controlling or unforgiving with you, even when you are doing the best you can at your job? Put yourself in your employees’ shoes and have some empathy. If your employee is sick, facing a family emergency, or otherwise unable to go to work – don’t hold it against them. Showing your employees that you can be supportive and understanding will make them feel good about working for you and will likely reflect in their work ethic. You want your employees to feel happy and welcome in the workplace. You can do this by making the effort to be as empathetic as possible with them, while always looking out for what is in your business’ best interest.

I am a blogger and contributor for Entrust Cash Advance.

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