Having a good boss can have a dramatic positive effect on employees. Here are a few tips to be successful in your role as a supervisor:
Delegate tasks and then trust that the job will get done correctly.
Be sure to recognize employee efforts. Ryan worked overtime to ensure that a tender bid was submitted on time: “Good job, Ryan!” Did Sally secure a new qualified subcontractor? “Excellent effort, Sally!” Applauding efforts goes a long way towards employee engagement (and consequently employee productivity).
Give your employees the resources and the power to make their own decisions (and then trust them to make the right ones).
Show that you appreciate the daily efforts that are put forth (not just the big accomplishments). Little things like being treated to lunch or even allowing an employee to leave work a few hours early can really make an employee feel appreciated.
Take the time to listen to the needs of your team. Take these comments into consideration.
If there are any workplace conflicts, ensure that you address them immediately. Work with all involved parties to come to a quick and sufficient resolution.
Small encouragements and positivity can go a long way towards motivating and engaging your team. An engaged team is a productive team.