Being the boss is not an easy job, but there are certain musts that have to be tackled from the start to build a strong foundation for your organization and leadership. Strong organization culture is tied to the leader, which means being a stand-out boss is a result of the environment you create for your employees.
As part of the administrative team at my place of employment and also the supervisor to several graduate students interning, I try to create an environment that is not only welcoming but also provides my staff with the ability to enhance their knowledge and education.
Open communication. I always give my employees several methods of communication to contact me and I encourage feedback regarding how the organization is running. As a boss, you have to maintain that authority over your employees; however, your staff must feel comfortable approaching you with issues of concern or ideas for improvement. Establishing a culture in which your employees know how to reach you and you respond in a timely manner can score you bonus points right away.
Recognition. As a child, there was always that fear of the teacher calling home for something wrong you did that day. Imagine if the teacher also called home for the good things you did? For employees, when I have to give constructive criticism, I always try to balance one negative with two positives. The goal is to empower your employees and help them to improve while keeping the passion for their job. Do not forget to recognize the strengths of your employees and the many areas that they are excelling in.
Professional Development. Whatever type of organization you are running, your employees want to feel that they can move forward and gain skills. Depending on the size of your organization, try to sit down with each of your employees and know where they see themselves in a three years and what skills they need to get there. Have employees be involved in certain tasks they are interested in and allow them to attend trainings to enhance their professional development. Employees work harder when they are working toward a goal that they want. People want to feel challenged and know that they are working their way up the individualized ladder that they chose.
Be Present. When we reach the level of boss, we have more flexibility in our day. However, it is important for your employees to see your passion for what you do. Arriving on time, being present at the organization events and parties, and showing enthusiasm for the mission of the organization are all ways to enhance worker engagement.