We’ve all been there – feeling down at work (and not the “Monday, again?” mood).
It’s not realistic to expect that just because you consider yourself the best possible small business boss of all time that your employees are always thinking the same thing, coming to work just as happy as you are.
And the moods and feelings of your employees certainly contribute to the productivity of the workplace. Helping employees stay focused and productive involves knowing your staff, listening to what’s happening outside your office, and providing morale boosts when needed.
Here are some ways to help keep spirits high and productivity even higher:
1. Keep an open door and open mind. Be approachable and encourage employees to seek you out if necessary. Ideally, topics should be work-related, but sometimes a deeper issue affects productivity as well. Listen attentively and offer advice, when asked. For the most serious concerns, if your company does not provide an employee assistance program, direct them to a professional or health care provider.
2. Keep things light. So many job descriptions call for a candidate to possess “a good sense of humor.” If that’s a personality trait you sought in employees during the hiring process, you are moving the right direction. Regardless, take ownership of leading folks through unsettled times as well as good moments.
3. Keep things in perspective. Sometimes, unexpected things happen. Dishes break. Milk spills. Let your people know it’s okay to fail and that as long as everyone learns from it, the situation can become a way to make the next attempt even better.
4. Keep them motivated. Provide rewards, from special lunches to occasional afternoons off, especially when the doldrums are taking over. Your people need to know they are important to you and your small business. Be good to them, and they’ll replay you ten-fold.
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