A good boss will never want to beat down the enthusiasm and dedication to work hard in his employees. Yet, many a times we come across people who are often mellowed down due to their employer’s attitude towards them. Employees who were once bright and full of life, have lost their lively attitude and have started to frown and work with a grumpy face. It is quite surprising how much a few words by a boss can make a huge difference in the life and efficiency of an employee. Bosses are influential in various ways; they can boost the morale of their employees by challenging them to give in their 100 percent or they can crush their confidence and break their motivation by a few harsh comments. Regardless the industry, size or corporate culture of your business, if you wish to succeed as a leader, here are a few things that you should never say to an employee:
“That’s not how we do it here”
This statement will do a lot more damage than you can imagine. It’s going to kill the creativity of your employees and you might also lose the respect they have for you. You will be attacking their self-esteem by this statement especially if they have come up with an idea which is better than the way things have been run till now.
“I don’t have time for this”
As a leader, your employees are going to look up to you for advice, support and guidance. If you turn them down each time they show up for some assistance, they might stop relying on you. The primary function of a boss is to show that he cares, and will help the employees whenever they need it.
“You are payed to do as I say”
You are paying them for their services to you, but not by being your slave. This statement is to be avoided completely if you want to retain your good employees. If you create a rigid culture, you will never be able to benefit from the capabilities of your employees.
“That idea is quite stupid”
Firstly, by saying this, you may lose out on the opportunity of brushing up a brand-new idea which might benefit your company and secondly, your employees might never present their ideas, scared by your reaction.
“Is this the best you can do?”
You are questioning the capabilities of your employees by saying something of this sort. Instead, encourage your employees to do better by using positive words or inspire them to come up with creative alternatives that will allow them to solve problems independently.
“Work somewhere else if you don’t like it”
This statement is plain rude- by saying this you will not only increase the stress levels of your employees but you will also push them away from you. As a boss, your duty is to help them out of situations, a better way to deal with situations is to stand with your team and bear the consequences together.