10 Things Employees Are Dying to Hear Their Managers Say …

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Employees crave more than just a paycheck from work. They want to go home feeling valued and respected for the job they do.

The problem is, in the midst of everyday chaos, it’s hard for managers to think about big-picture issues like employee morale and motivation.

Here are 10 phrases or questions that managers can use with employees to help build respect, gratitude and trust, according to a new book by Todd Patkin, Finding Happiness. Incorporate them into your at-work vocabulary:

1. “I need your help.” Your employees don’t expect you to have all the answers. Rather than lose respect for you as a leader, they’ll appreciate that you treated them as valued partners. And they’ll feel more invested in the company’s future.

2. “How is your family?” People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Employees will be more loyal and motivated if they feel valued as individuals, not just as job descriptions. So g...(register to read more)

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Jillian April 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

A great and very truthful article! I love the part about giving an employee recognition in front of the entire working team! It is important that if someone does something excellent that they are property recognized for it! We also believe in having confidential, weekly feedback sessions. Instead of taking at least 30 minutes a week per employee, we use a feedback tool called 15Five (15Five.com) here at Onboardly. It is an online questionnaire created by team leaders that takes employees 15 minutes to fill out. Team leaders then take 5 minutes to read the answers and give feedback to employees on how the week went. It is great for quick weekly updates between employees and team leaders!


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