So you’ve hired the best-skilled professionals for your business? Do you think you can leave the business with these people and frolic under the sun by the beach? That’s not how it goes. More often, you have to zone in on your employees. You need to do your part in boosting their confidence and making them work above expectations.
One of the ways to do that is by making sure that they are supported and well protected. If your business has safety concerns, you should always have protection supplies onsite. This will make your employees feel that you care about their safety and security. As a result, they will care about your business, too. They will want to give it their best.
Treat Them with Respect
Don’t think of your employees as commodities that you use to profit. Look at them as actual people with actual concerns. Their issues are valid. Listen to them. Show them respect by opening your doors to them, making sure that they feel welcome to raise concerns with you. Don’t shrug off their issues. It will make them feel that you’re belittling them.
Do not be vague and generic when giving compliments to your employees. Don’t say, “Lisa, you did a great job!” Instead, tell her, “Lisa, your excellent communication skills closed the deal. Grea job!” Your employees need to know where they excel. That will boost their self-confidence and self-worth. If they know that they are valuable to the organization, they will work better to prove themselves.
Ask Them to Share Their Knowledge
If your workers are aware of their best skills, they will be more confident to share their knowledge with others in the office. Encourage your employees to share their learning and knowledge. Your business will gain from this knowledge-sharing activity. Have your best people teach new hires and interns. That will boost their confidence even more.
Be a Mentor
Believe it or not, but your employees look up to you. They listen when you talk because you have the authority to do so. Why not be their mentor? Why not share your knowledge about the business? This will help them become better in this business. The smartest guy in the room is often the most prepared. They will be better equipped to handle any issues that may come their way if they learn from you.
Incentivizing your employees will go a long way. If they achieve a goal, a simple celebratory note sent to all employees will make them feel appreciated. You can even treat the whole office to pizza to celebrate an employee’s success. You have to make your workers feel that you are with them through the project. Once they complete such a project, celebrating the milestones with them will give them the acknowledgment they need.
Building the confidence of your team will take time, energy, and sacrifice. You need to spend time with them and hone their skills. You need to give them words of encouragement. You need to be a friend, mentor, and boss. You have to find the perfect balance of how to handle your workers and improve their confidence.