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13 Things Bosses Say That Make Workers Happy

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Sometimes all it takes is a the willingness to say these few things that makes the difference between happy and unhappy employees.

  • While compensation and benefits play a big part in improving employee satisfaction, the environment in the workplace is more likely to keep employees. Recognition and praise is a factor in this.
  • There are many ways to make workers happy. From gifts to words of affirmation, employees deserve recognition for all they bring to the table, and how much value they contribute to the company.
  • While raises in pay and expensive rewards are nice, managers can show recognition simply by saying a few words. From words of gratitude to words of praise, there are several different phrases that bosses can say to make their employees feel valued and appreciated.

It doesn't take a big raise or lavish gifts to make employees happy. Instead, bosses and managers who foster a culture of inclusion and openness with their employees will reap the benefits of an engaged and happy workforce. One of the simplest ways for businesses to ensure the happiness of their workers is to make sure bosses and managers use certain words and phrases when talking to their workers. These are some of the best words and phrases bosses can use.

1. "That was my fault."

"You can guarantee your team already knows who is responsible for failure; you will gain more respect by owning up to your mistakes than by ignoring them." – Brad Lomenick, president of Catalyst and author of The Catalyst Leader (Harper Collins, 2013)

2. "Can you help me?"

While this might seem strange, asking for help is a way of recognizing abilities and values. In some cases, employees like to hear that their boss wants their input and assistance in the work that they do.

3. "I value you."

Instead of just simply saying it, ask for their ideas. Make them feel as though they are a part of the process, and simultaneously obtain great ideas. This not only gives your employee praise, but can also give you the opportunity to ask for feedback and learn other methods of improving the business by asking for other perspectives.

4. "You rose to the occasion."

"Employees are more likely to consider leaving a job for a company that recognizes their employees. In fact, most of them have done just that," according to a study conducted by Globoforce. There are many times when employees simply do the bare minimum. Use these words when your staff members go above and beyond their call to ensure quality and efficiency while on the job.

5. "I know we have been busy, but you have been doing very well."

According to Direct Recruiters Inc., employees who are in the midst of tough times need recognition. Managers can improve morale during this time by bringing in breakfast during a long day at work. Employees could feel a bit drained at the end of a fiscal year, or during inventory. Acknowledge how hard they have been working, and create incentives for that type of work ethic.

6. "Happy work anniversary!"

If an employee is recognized for their years of service, the manager boosts morale and encourages employee commitment, according to IntegrityHR. This is especially important for the employees who might feel overlooked or underappreciated. Call out their dedication to the business, and how the office would not be complete without them.

7. "I'm glad to have you on the team."

"This is one of the most powerful and motivating phrases employees can hear from their boss or superior." – Robert Denker, managing partner at rd&partners

8. "Here is a road map of our company and our future goals."

"Employees want to know what is going on, and organizations need to clearly communicate with workers before final milestones hit." – Halley Bock, CEO and president of Fierce Inc.

9. "Thank you."

"The words 'thank you' make people happy – but to make employees even happier, bosses should tell them specifically why the thank-you is due. This shows that the boss is paying genuine attention. For instance, saying 'thanks for handing in that financial report a day early' or 'thanks for working late yesterday to solve the computer problem' can go a long way." – Gordon Veniard, founder and training and development consultant at The Ven Works

10. "This is why."

"Employees want to know why companies are doing what they're doing – in an open and honest way. Sometimes, the 'why' can be difficult, but they need to hear and understand it. Other times, the 'why' is big, and they'll be and excited by it." – Reid Carr, president and CEO of Red Door Interactive

11. "I know I can always count on you for ____."

"The key is to be specific. People (not just employees) love to be recognized for their unique strengths and talents, for those things that we notice they do better than anyone else. Any phrase that can hone in on the specifics of the employee's gifts is going to be a winner. It sounds simple, but you would be amazed at how difficult it is for bosses, managers — those in charge — to pay close enough attention to the employee to give those specifics." – Liz Trotter, owner of American Maid Cleaning in Olympia, Washington

12. "I believe in you."

"As in 'believe in you and will work with you through the good and difficult times.'" – Scott Ragusa, president of WinterWyman Contract Staffing

13. "What do you think?"

"As a 10-person firm, everyone's contributions are important. Since we all work on many projects simultaneously, it is vital to get input and feedback from multiple, so asking others' opinions is crucial." – Hassan Bawab, founder and CEO of Magic Logix

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