1. Show appreciation. There’s nothing wrong with thanking the boss for the opportunity to work with the company, or providing input on the organization. Most employers appreciate feedback about the company’s culture and welcome suggestions for how to improve. 2. Ask how you can help. The #1 complaint that marriage counselors hear is, “she/he should do (whatever) without me having to ask”. Oddly enough, this translates into the workplace too. Don’t wait around waiting to be told what to do. Better yet, bring a solution to a problem that you’ve identified. A well-timed offer can do wonders for your career, and, it lets the boss know that you have the organization’s best interest at heart. 3. Conduct your own performance review. Honestly evaluating your own job performance speaks volumes about your work ethic and aspirations. It also shows that you care about your impact and role within the company. 4. Say good things about the company. Employees are the best brand ambassadors a company can have. Share positive experiences when networking, and if you are in a position to refer business into the company, do it.
1. Get rid of the bad attitudes. Employees want to love their job. Having negative attitudes, or worse yet, bullies in the workplace, can destroy your culture. If you’ve done all you can to coach a less than favorable employee with an attitude, fire them. 2. Give paid sick days. People get sick. If your employees feel like they have to come to work sick because of their workload, it’s going to exacerbate the problem by spreading germs. Not to mention, it means you have a process problem. Consider cross-team training and/or having experienced temp staff on call when you need them. 3. Help everyone feel valued. Help your team members see the value they bring to the organization, and make sure they know you see it too. When you create a culture based on respect and individual value, it helps you, your team, and your bottom line. 4. Provide opportunities. Engage team members in finding solutions instead of simply providing directions. Trust them with challenges, and let them make decisions that matter. High performers are more likely to stay with you if there is room to grow.