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8 Things You Should Do To Make Employees Love You As A Boss

8 Things You Should Do To Make Employees Love You As A Boss

As there are now five generations represented in the work place, it has become ever more important for businesses and organizations to adopt new styles of leadership and management. No longer can bosses rule with an iron fist. These days, they must learn to adapt and lead by the inspiration of their actions.

In this age, the job of a boss is way more complex. He is no longer just leading people and managing commodities; he is going to have to rise with the challenge of leading a wide range of ideas, beliefs and filters if he is going to be successful in the workplace. If your goal is to improve camaraderie with your employees, here are five things you should do to make them love you as a boss.

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1. Allow freedom of action and independence

Great bosses understand that micro management will limit the independent performance of their workers. To operate efficiently, they understand that they have to show confidence and trust in the abilities of their associates.This respect shown by a boss will lead to a mutual love and respect from the team. This will even lead to a more positive work environment. Great bosses allow and promote a system of circular leadership in the workplace. So for example, if an employee sees a need in the business that they feel requires immediate attention, they should feel empowered to take action to solve it, even if it is not in their title or job description. As employees, we may feel the need to accumulate titles and hierarchies before we are qualified to lead and inspire action. A great boss will remind his team that they are Verbs, Not Labels.

2. See your employees for who they are, not what they are

Many employees feel that they are too often seen and judged as labels. Great bosses however, see people without filters. They are not given to the perceptions of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or titles. As they get to know their employees better, they also begin to delegate work by passion, skills and abilities; not the monotonous routine of job titles and job descriptions. A great boss thinks of people by their actions, what inspires them, and not just a part of process. To demonstrate this, Employees would like their bosses to take the time and ask them “what problems within the organization they are inspired to take action and lead change.” This way you are more likely to have a team that will work for you with blood , sweat and tears, not just people who work up to the limits of their job titles and job descriptions for a pay check.

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3. Do not show favoritism

Each time you get to know a group of people, it is common to develop favorites; people you can identify with as friends. However, a great boss learns to treat everyone fairly without favoritism. Employees want to know that you will not take sides with one person over the other or treat some better than others. For example if you have a rule on tardiness, it has to apply to everyone and not just some of your employees. As long as you are fair and the rules apply to everyone, people don’t mind you being strict.

4. Lead by example

Great bosses will never ask an employee to do anything they are not willing to do themselves. Employees prefer that you lead by your inspirations. Sometimes the best way to inspire your associates is not with rousing speeches, but with your actions. Get in the fray and get your hands dirty. Standard management tactics will tell you to delegate rather than participate. However if you want your employees to love and respect you, they have to see you getting involved with them in performing daily tasks. Your employees will be inspired to lead themselves in action after they have seen you lead yourself in action. This is a new idea  and concept on delegating work.

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5. Listen to your employees

Bosses often do more talking than they do listening. However, a great boss knows that his employees have a perspective of the workplace that he will never see. Often times they will have knowledge of the flaws or holes in the system that you may not be aware of. By listening to your employees, you can improve the functionality and profitability of your business and prevent waste. Most businesses have daily brainstorming sessions for managers. Try involving your employees in these meetings. You may be amazed at their perspective or points of reference. Many employees hope to share their perspective and their values to the company rather than just listening to the boss like a robot. Listening to them can make them feel that they have contribution to the company.

6. Have a sense of humor

Positions of power often lead to abuse of power. The headiness of being responsible for so many people under your authority can sometimes make egos swell. Employees want to know that you are indeed still human.  A great boss will temper this with a good sense of humor and not take themselves so seriously. Workplaces typically tend to mimic the personalities of their bosses. So if you are a boss hoping to gain the love and respect of your workforce, try a daily dose of humor.

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7. Be inspirational

Great bosses inspire you by showing you their humanity. By sharing the struggles and difficulties of their careers, they inspire you to want to work for them. People show up every day to work for people, not titles. A great boss will temper superiority in the workplace by making himself vulnerable to his employees. For example when I worked as a manager, we were required to conduct daily five minute hurdles. While these meetings were designed to communicate the performance of the various departments to the employees, they also provided me with an appropriate opportunity to tell my workers about times I struggled to achieve results in my career and the actions I took to be better and improve. Employees want to know that it is okay to fail sometimes. With the pressures of the corporate world. bosses too often forget this and push their teams too hard.

8. Be warm and accessible

Communication is the key to any great relationship, even the relationship between a boss and their employees. A great boss needs to be understanding and approachable on a daily basis.  Employees need to know that they can also come to you and seek the advice of a friend. If the boss is too intimidating or simply never around, the employees will never feel as if they can depend on them for leadership and assistance. Great bosses are loved because their employees know that they can always reach them. For example, when I worked as a manager, part of my daily routine was making sure I had a conversation with all fifty to sixty associates on my shift. I wanted them to know that I was welcoming and easy to talk to. I wanted them to know that i cared.

Being responsible for inspiring and leading others is never easy. However with these eight tips, you will be on your way to becoming a great boss.

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9 Tips for Starting a New Job and Succeeding in Your Career

9 Tips for Starting a New Job and Succeeding in Your Career

Congratulations, you’re starting a new job! You’re feeling relieved that the interviews and the wait for a decision from the hiring manager is over, and you’ve finally signed the offer.

Feelings of fear and anticipation may surface now as you think about starting work on Monday. Or you may feel really confident if you have plenty of work experience.

Remember to not assume that your new work environment will be similar to previous ones. It’s very common for seasoned professionals to overestimate themselves due to the breadth of their experience.

Companies offer different depths of on-boarding experiences.[1] Ultimately, success in your career depends on you.

Below are 9 tips for starting a new job and succeeding in your career.

1. Your Work Starts Before Your First Day

When you prepared for your interview, you likely did some research about the company. Now it’s time to go more in depth.

  • How would your manager like you to prepare for your first day? What are his/her expectations?
  • What other information can your manager provide so that you can start learning more about the role or company?
  • What company policies or reports can you review that can get you acclimatized to your new job and work environment?

You’ll need to embrace a lot of new people and information when you start your new job. What you learn before your first day at work can help you feel more grounded and prepare your mind to process new information.

2. Know Your Role and the Organization

Review the job posting and know your responsibilities. Sometimes, job postings are simplified versions of the job description. Ask your manager or human resources if there is a detailed job description of your role.

Once you understand your key responsibilities and accountabilities, ask yourself:

  • What questions do you have about the role?
  • What information do you need to do your job effectively?
  • Who do you need to meet and start building relationships with?

Continue to increase your knowledge and do your research through the company Intranet site, organizational charts, the media, LinkedIn profiles, the industry and who your company competitors are.

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This is not a one time event. Continue to do this throughout your time with the company. Every team or project you engage with will evolve and change.

Keep current and be ready to adapt by using your observational skills to be aware of changes to your work environment and people’s behaviour.

3. Learn the Unwritten Rules at Work

Understanding your work culture is key to help you succeed in your career.

Many of these unwritten rules will not be listed on company policies. This means you’ll need to use all of your senses to observe the environment and the people within it.

What should you wear? See what your peers and leaders are wearing. Notice everything from their jewelry down to their shoes. Once you have a good idea of the dress code you can then infuse your own style.

What are your hours of work? What do you notice about start, break and end times? Are your observations different from what you learned at the interview? What questions do you have based on your observations? Asking for clarity will help you make informed decisions and thrive in a new work setting.

What are the main communication channels?[2] What communication mediums do people use (phone, email, in-person, video)? Does the medium change in different work situations? What is your manager’s communication style and preference? These observations will help you better navigate your work environment and thrive in the workplace.

4. Be Mindful of Your Assumptions

You got the job, you’re feeling confident and are eager to show how you can contribute. Check the type of language you are using when you’re approaching your work and sharing your experiences.

I’ve heard many new employees say:

  • “I used to do this at ‘X’ company …”
  • “When I worked at “X” company we implemented this really effective process …”
  • “We did this at my other company … how come you guys are not …”
  • “Why are you doing that … we used to do this …”

People usually don’t want to hear about your past company. The experiences that you had in the past are different in this new environment.

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Remember to:

  • Notice your assumptions
  • Focus on your own work
  • Ask questions, and
  • Learn more about the situation before offering suggestions.

You can then better position yourself as a trusted resource that makes informed decisions tailored to business needs.

5. Ask Questions and Seek Clarification

Contrary to common belief, asking questions when you’re starting a new job is not a vulnerability.

Asking relevant questions related to your job and the company:

  • Helps you clarify expectations
  • Shows that you’ve done your research
  • Demonstrates your initiative to learn

Seeking to clarify and understand your environment and the people within it will help you become more effective at your job.

6. Set Clear Expectations to Develop Your Personal Brand

Starting a new job is the perfect time to set clear expectations with your manager and colleagues. Your actions and behaviors at work tells others about your work style and how you like to operate. So it’s essential to get clear on what feels natural to you at work and ensure that your own values are aligned with your work actions.

Here are a few questions to reflect on so that you can clearly articulate your intentions and follow through with consistent actions:

Where do you need to set expectations? Reflect on lessons learned from your previous work experiences. What types of expectations do you need to set so that you can succeed?

Why are you setting these expectations? You’ll likely need to provide context and justify why you’re setting these boundaries. Are your expectations reasonable? What are the impacts on the business?

What are your values? If you value work life balance, but you’re answering emails on weekends and during your vacation time, people will continue to expect this from you. What boundaries do you need to set for yourself at work?

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What do you want to be known for? This question requires some deep reflection. Do you want to be known as a leader who develops and empowers others? Maybe you want to be known for someone who creates an environment of respect where everyone can openly share ideas. Or maybe you want to be someone who challenges people to get outside their comfort zones?

7. Manage Up, Down, and Across

Understanding the work styles of those around you is key to a successful career. Particularly how you communicate and interact with your immediate manager.

Here are a few key questions to consider:

  • How can you make your manager’s job easier?
  • What can you do to anticipate her/his needs?
  • How can you keep them informed (and prepared) so they don’t get caught off-guard?
  • What are your strengths? How can you communicate these to him/her so that they fully understand your capabilities?

These questions can also apply if you manage a team or if you deal with multiple stakeholders.

8. Build Relationships Throughout the Company

It’s important to keep learning from diverse groups and individuals within the company. You’ll get different perspectives about the organization and others may be able to help you succeed in your role.

What types of relationships do you need to build? Why are you building this relationship?

Here are some examples of workplace relationships:

  • Immediate Manager. He/she controls your work assignments. The work can shape the success of your career.
  • Mentors. These are people who are knowledgeable about their field and the company. They are willing to share their experiences with you to help you navigate the workplace and even your career.
  • Direct Reports. Your staff can influence how successful you are at meeting your goals.
  • Mentees. They are another resource to help you keep informed about the organization and your opportunity to develop others.

Other workplace relationships include team members, stakeholders, or strategic partners/sponsors that will advocate for your work.

Learn more in this article: 10 Ways to Build Positive And Effective Work Relationships

9. Keep in Touch With Those in Your Existing Network

“Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

You are part of an ecosystem that has gotten you to where you are today. Every single person and each moment that you have encountered with someone has shaped who you are – both positive and negative.

Here’s How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life.

Make sure you continue to nurture the relationships that you value and show gratitude to those who have helped you achieve your goals.

Summing It Up

There are many aspects of your career that you are in control of. Observe, listen, and make informed decisions. Career success depends on your actions.

Remember to not assume that your new work environment will be similar to previous ones.

Here are the 9 tips for starting a new job and succeeding in your career:

  1. Your Work Starts Before Your 1st Day
  2. Know Your Role and the Organization
  3. Learn the Unwritten Rules at Work
  4. Be Mindful of Your Assumptions
  5. Ask Questions and Seek Clarification
  6. Set Clear Expectations to Develop Your Personal Brand
  7. Manage Up, Down, and Across
  8. Build Relationships Throughout the Company
  9. Keep in Touch With Those in Your Existing Network

Celebrate, enjoy your new role, and take good care of yourself!

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