This statistic should send a chill through your heart: according to a recent survey by The Gallup Organization, when employees were asked in a scientific way what made them happiest during the day, spending time with their boss ranked dead last—after doing household chores! Research also revealed that the Number One reason people quit their jobs is a poor relationship with their supervisor. You’re not The Enemy—at least I hope you don’t have an adversarial relationship with your staff—so what’s causing all this unhappiness?
As a business owner I can multi-task with the best of them, but I know the overwhelm we face, and I admit one of the first things to suffer can be our daily interactions with our team. Especially when you have good workers you know you can rely on, it’s easy to slide into taking them for granted, but in this competitive market, that’s a bad idea—a very bad idea. I know of a boss in Florida who would happily pay a $50,000 fee to fill each of several long-standing administrative openings. That’s how desperate he is, and it’s only going to get worse.