Being a happy employee in today’s workforce comes down to a few core tenets: incentive, motivation and performance. And while wage is an important factor in one’s satisfaction, it’s been widely documented that monetary compensation isn’t the only incentive employees are looking for; it’s appreciation too. In a study of more than 3,000 employees conducted by Anna Nyberg at the Karolinska Institute, a strong link was found between leadership behaviour and heart disease in employees. Meaning stress-producing, negative bosses are literally bad for your heart.
Ever pondered what the best bosses might be telling their employees to keep them inspired and happy? We investigate the five things bosses should be telling their employees on a regular basis:
“I have faith in you”
In an analysis of a decade’s worth of data, Gallup found that a strong connection fostered through trust allowed employees to feel they’re making a meaningful contribution to their company. This strong connection between employer and employee consistently led to positive outcomes for both individuals and the organisation, via higher productivity and increased profitability. While you may naturally give your employees tasks because you believe in their ability, affirming that verbally as you assign a new task will ensure a better outcome.
“Thank you, I appreciate your hard work.”
In a study conducted by Glassdoor, 80 per cent of employees said that they were motivated to work harder when their manager appreciated their work. So even if it’s one late night, extra effort on a last-minute pitch, or just a great attitude, a quick thank you can ensure your employee knows they are seen and valued for giving that little bit extra.
“How can I help?”
Research reported by Deakin University revealed that supportive leadership was a key determinate in serving as a buffer against individual stress in the workplace. And let’s be honest, a high-strung environment prohibits productivity and general happiness. Ensuring your employees feel supported enough to perform their duties allows them to quit the nail-biting and channel that energy into productive work.
“If you ever need to talk, my door is open.”
They say that “the art of communication is the language of leadership”, and rightly so. By communicating and facilitating an open-door policy, you are allowing space for early problems to be brought to your attention, and fixed, early on. An open dialogue directly ushers in a transparent environment, close working relationships, and fast access to important information.
“You’re doing a good job”
It’s no secret that a sincere form of positive affirmation can be a day-making act of kindness. And this is now backed up by science, with research suggesting that receiving a compliment has similar effects to that of receiving a cash reward. In this study, researchers found that the same area of the brain, the striatum, was activated when a person was rewarded with either a compliment or cash. So don’t be stingy with your words and let your praises sing loud!