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7 things a boss should never say to an employee

Source | LinkedIn : By Sandeep Kashyap

“Hey, Liza. You should really work better and put in some more efforts!” A few months ago, these were the words I yelled at one of my employees who had joined in as a trainee. I did say it to her in a harsh tone and tears rolled down her cheeks like a waterfall flowing down a mountain. And, in no time it made me feel miserable and regretful.

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It was during this that I decided to stay away from things that not only demotivate my team members, but also that hurts them deeply. As a leader, I am responsible for the progress of my employees and for leading them in a direction that will indeed bear fruits for my business.

There are a lot of different ways to keep employees motivated, but not every style works with every employee. At times, you have to share your vision with the right people at the right time. And, sometimes you have to appreciate them for their work and so on. But, one thing that goes well for all is the “verbal communication” between you and your employees. Whatever the situation is, even when you are at the peak of frustration, you do not have the privilege to say something impromptu.

Apart from monitoring your tone and being rude without even realizing it, there are certain things that you should never say to your employees.

So, all the bosses keep in mind these 7 things –

1. “You Must do What I Say because I Pay you”

This is the most annoying thing for an employee to hear from their boss. Everyone knows you pay your employees, but that does not mean you have the right to make your employees do whatever you want. Your employees are not your slaves and they have certain rights and freedom towards their work. Asking your employees to do anything will annoy them and they would work disheartened for you.

2. “You Should Work Better”

It’s ok if you are not able to get the desired results from your employees that you were looking forward to. But, do not go around and curse them for it or shout at them to work better. Instead, appreciate them for their efforts and ask them to put a little more for better results. Be more specific and give them the tools they need to bring the best results. Help them make sure that they understand what you want them to understand and avoid giving indefinite instructions.

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