Whether the reports are true or not, it still points to the importance of fostering good relationships in the workplace. Liking the people you work with can make the difference between loving your job and dreading it. Here are three things every small business owner must know about creating a positive work environment:
- Encourage open communication. One of the best ways to nurture good relationships is to make employees feel valued and heard. Encourage them to share their thoughts and ideas, and when possible, implement their concepts. Knowing they can make a difference will inspire them to put their best work forward.
- Spread a positive, can-do attitude. Just like a cold, your energy can and does spread to others. Emit a negative aura, and you can bet teammates will pick up on it and internalize it, even subconsciously. On the flip side, by being positive and energetic, your employees will take your cues and align their emotional states for the better. Just be sure to maintain authenticity and don’t sacrifice honesty for a ‘brave face.’
- Pitch in. We’ve all had those bosses who seemed off limits behind closed doors. But some of the best leaders are ones who are accessible and willing to roll up their sleeves to get the job done. Be that type of leader, and your employees will respect you even more.