It’s a proven fact that employees who like their boss are more likely to stay at their job than employees who do NOT like their boss. In fact, a poor manager or supervisor is often the sole reason a person leaves their position for another opportunity.
It then stands to reason that companies wanting to retain their employees should make great efforts to do so through effective management, if not extraordinary management. The fact of the matter, though, is that it doesn’t even require an extraordinary effort to convince employees to stay.
What these employees want might not be considered extraordinary. However, what they want is essential to retaining them, which is certainly in the company’s best interests.
With that in mind, below are four things that employees want from their boss:
#1—Vision and the ability to communicate it properly
Employees don’t just want a vision . . . they need a vision. The best managers do NOT keep information from their employees (this isn’t espionage, after all). Instead, they communicate the company’s vision and the role that each employee should play within it.
#2—To not “run them into the ground”
Okay, so we have a vision. That doesn’t mean driving employees incessantly in pursuit of it. Just because employees are willing to go above and beyond to get the job done, that’s not an open invitation to abuse their willingness to do so. The most productive employees are never the ones who are nearly burned out.
#3—To say and do what they say they will say and do
This is the number-one way in which to build trust in just about every relationship, and it certainly extends to the supervisor-employee relationship. Employees want honesty in their managers, of course, but it goes beyond that. They also want somebody who is reliable, dependable, and able to follow through on their commitments, both big and small.
#4—To not “throw them under the bus”
Top employees give freely of themselves, and more often than not, they take responsibility for their mistakes and do not attempt to blame somebody else. They expect the same type of behavior from their boss. The worst thing a manager can do is single out one of their employees and make them the scapegoat in order to make themselves look better. Great managers step in front of the bus protect their employees . . . not throw them under it.
How do your company’s managers stack up against this list? Are they doing everything they can to retain their employees, especially their best ones?
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