In a much talked about Gallup poll, it was shown that only a third of US employees are actively engaged at work. And while this stat seems to be improving compared to numbers from past years, the poll shows that the majority of employees are not engaged.
Low employee engagement can hinder business growth and negatively impact a company’s profits. But dealing with employee disengagement may require taking a look at the role managers and bosses play in employee morale. Specifically, what bosses can do to also become engaged at work. Are there personality traits that engaged employers share?
Here is a round up of traits that experts say make an engaged boss:
- Be positive.
Being positive about the future of the company affects employee morale and work output in a fundamental way. But this is not the only way being positive should be applied. Being positive toward employees work shown in recognition can be more effective in increasing work output than a raise.
When employees feel that their work will be recognized, they will respond with better work.
- Be communicative.
Communication is the basis of all good relationships, including the boss-employee relationship. And it is an essential element of being an engaged employer. Alder Home Security’s Glassdoor reviews by employees show a business with engaged employer status. The recurring theme in Alder reviews show management that communicates frequently with employees.
Regular communication creates trust and a feeling of safety in employees that allow them to do their best work. A lack of communication does the reverse. Employees may feel that they do not know what is expected of them and work will suffer as a result.
- Be compassionate.
How well do you respond to criticism and being berated in front of others? Probably not well. Yet bosses often take this management style. The data on being a compassionate boss, however, provides a strong case for changing managerial tactics. Did you know that sales and profits are often predicted by how employees feel about the company? When employees feel negative about a company that often correlated to a downward trend in profits. What does this have to do with compassion? Being compassionate toward employees will boost their positive emotions toward the company. These positive emotions will boost their productivity and improve the work culture of your business. When the internal culture of your business is improved, employees will feel greater loyalty to the company.
In practical terms, this means the engaged boss should meet employee blunders with compassion. And provide greater flexibility when it comes to work days at home to deal with unavoidable work and personal life overlaps.
- Be a mentor.
Being a mentor is about taking on the mentality of being concerned about your employees’ growth. It is about helping them achieve their full potential. When you think of your employees from this perspective, you begin to invest more thought and time into thinking of ways you can help them. Employees that feel this emotional and mental investment will often respond in kind. By channeling renewed energy back into the company. Many employees may seem to be present only for a paycheck. But this attitude is one that may be a result of a lack of proper stimulus. A boost in their self-esteem encouraged by a boss can help employees grow as a result.
- Be fair.
Part of being compassionate, but deserving of its own billing. Being known for fairness and giving the benefit of the doubt will go far to boost employee loyalty and engagement. When employees know that their boss values fairness, they will feel secure in taking on high risk and high reward challenges. Businesses grow faster when not only bosses, but star employees, too, feel free to experiment and push the business to grow.