Be a Better Boss

Workplace anxiety causing problems? You might just be the problem! Small business owners often manage one or more employees, so it’s key to work at your management skills. Start improving  your boss skills today with these tips.

Be a Role Model

First, know what kind of boss you are. Understanding that you tend to peer over your workers’ shoulders while they do their jobs, or that you avoid conflict like the plague, can help you learn to be a better boss. Take this quiz to learn more about your management style. Works by Nicole Williams

Just like the saying about parents, your employees don’t need a friend; they need a boss. Be friendly but don’t overshare. Maintain a boundary (getting trashed at the company party is a no-no), but be accessible. And don’t pick favorites (just like your parents). Winning Workplaces

We often get too bogged down in what we’re doing to compliment our staff. But a compliment can go a long way, so make it part of your management style. Take notes, if necessary, and give regular positive feedback. It’ll spread like wildfire. WorkAwesome

Offer Perks

Employees love companies who offer telecommuting as an option. If you break past the idea that employees must show up every day to prove they’re being productive, going virtual can save you money on office space and overhead. And employees who don’t have that nasty commute? Well, they’re happier and more productive. Set up a strategy for your telecommute plan, be it one day a week or full time, and arrange for regular virtual or in-person meetups for face-to-face contact. USNews

Want employees happy and healthy? Consider launching a wellness program. You’ll improve productivity, reduce sick days, and cut down on employee turnover. Not to mention, employees love employers who care enough to offer health and wellness perks. Benefits Canada

As the healthcare scene changes as soon as 2014 with President Obama’s plans for health insurance exchanges, one out of ten medium to large sized business is considering cutting employee health benefits altogether. This could be a boon for you if you stick with offering insurance as an employee perk. Many workers don’t have independent coverage, so by offering full or partial paid policies as an employee perk, you’ll attract top talent. Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Retain Good Workers

If you want to cut back on employee turnover, keep your retention strategy sharp. Offer incentives and perks that reward employees for work well done, and conduct “stay” interviews to get inside your employees’ heads to find out why they work for you, and what keeps them there. Encourage open communication at every level, and practice what you preach. Wall Street Journal

By 2020, Generation Y will make up half of our workforce, so the sooner you accept it, the sooner you can shift your management techniques to make them want to work for you. Be more flexible in your feedback and embrace social, because they know how to use it. Keep them engaged by providing mentors to guide them, as well as work that means something. And don’t forget to give them feedback; they like it. Business Insider

Work to entice a solid multicultural workforce by making your workplace diversity-friendly. Make sure your website includes stock photos of people from all backgrounds, so that potential candidates don’t feel alienated by not being included. Provide mentorship opportunities to draw in qualified candidates, giving them the chance to meet people at each level within your organization. Property of Material

Recognize a Great Employee

Now that you know how you can improve your management skills, here’s a pop quiz. Do you know what makes a great employee? Ideal employees don’t often fit the mold, and they may not be a cookie cutter match to your job description. Once you figure out that you’ve got some pretty amazing employees, do whatever it takes to hold on to them…until your business crumbles to the ground or they die…whichever comes first. Bnet

Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 16 years. A professional journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional media and online media, he attended Waynesburg University and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has held roles of reporter, editor and publisher, having founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press.