Engaging Employees Like a Boss
By Brian Halligan on October 15th, 2013
In ‘60s slang, the word “boss” meant above all others. Just one look at the classic Boss 302 Mustang and you knew it was built for only one reason—to own the road. Human managers and supervisors of the time were similarly bossy. But as the idea of what a boss should be has slowly changed, America’s slang has changed to reflect it. These days you’re more likely to run across the saying, “like a boss,” which means to do anything, especially mundane tasks, with authority (and often a touch of self-deprecating sarcasm.)
Do It Like a Boss
Today, the best leaders are considered to be those who can motivate and engage their employees, not just direct them. By exerting a confident, approachable authority rather than projecting intimidation and ownership, managers can improve the performance of individual employees and the team as a whole.
For example, a Global Workforce study cited in the Paychex white paper “Improving Employee Performance” showed that operating income was 19 percent higher in companies with engaged employees compared to organizations with lower engagement.
So, what does it take to inspire employees to accomplish their own mundane tasks with authority? The white paper provides a few tips:
- Clearly communicate expectations and performance standards.
- Provide regular feedback, both praise and constructive criticism.
- Determine which employees require more supervision.
- Educate yourself and your employees on the importance of job training.
- Create organized checklists of priorities to help keep employees on track.
While it’s important to know the mechanics behind employee engagement, it’s not enough to simply go through the motions. To truly motivate employees, you should also be fully engaged in your own way. Don’t just do your job, be passionate about it and remember to have a little fun along the way. In other words, do it like a boss.
About the Author
Brian Halligan writes for a living, reads for pleasure, and is always learning when it comes to content marketing, science, songwriting, local history, and being a dad.