Excellent communication in the office is imperative.
What you say (and what you don’t say) to your employees greatly influences the corporate culture, their satisfaction with work, productivity levels and loyalty to the company.
Some say that with texting, emails and “Whatsapping” that the art of true conversation, i.e something that comes out of your mouth, is lost!
Below are 10 proven phrases that are best to use around your staff for excellent results:
The most successful departments are those that respect each other, know how to effectively collaborate and work as a team.
It is imperative for managers to encourage positive teamwork, and motivate employees to work together in unison.
How are you today?
Although the workplace is a professional setting, the people that work for you are human beings with their own personal lives, problems and possible health ailments.
All of these things greatly influence how an employee performs at work.
As a leader, it is important to check in with your employees to see how they’re doing, and also to show them that you care about them.
What do you think about this?
It’s been proven time and time again that decisions in the office should not be made unilaterally.
Leaders that understand the need to involve their subordinates in the decision-making process and help them voice their opinions end up with much more successful teams than those that do not.
Check in with your employees and ask about their opinion before choosing on the next project or task to show them that you value what they think.
Instead of giving you my opinion, I would like to first hear what you have to say.
It’s important that managers develop their employees to be confident in their skills and opinions and not afraid to voice what they have to say.
Train your employees to come up with solutions of their own before asking you for a recommendation on how to proceed.
You can do it!
As a supervisor, you should be your employees’ biggest cheerleader.
If you believe in the people that work for you, they will learn to believe in themselves.
Make sure to encourage them to work their hardest and prove it to themselves and to you that if they try, they will succeed.
I’m here if you need me.
Although it is advantageous to develop independent thinkers, your employees also need to know that their leader is present and available when they need them.
Instead of having a closed-door policy, invite your employees into the office to discuss ideas and make decisions together as a team.
You’re doing great work; I truly value your effort and dedication.
Feedback is important, and leaders must show their appreciation to their top performers.
Giving regular praise and showing how much they mean to you will keep them loyal to the company and motivate them to perform at even higher levels.
I can see you’re struggling with this task; what can we do to help you improve in this area?
There are times when all employees can have a difficult time with a certain project, and this is the perfect time for a manager to step in and say something before a big mistake is made.
However, it’s not enough to just voice your concern; as a manager, you must work with the employee to develop effective solutions to address the issue.
There’s no “I” in team.
While healthy competition can be great for the workplace, it is important to have your employees on the same page.
This phrase underscores the importance of teamwork, and lets your employees know that you are aware that no single individual can accomplish great things without the help of their teammates.
It’s not about perfection, it’s about trying.
Many employees can be nervous about learning a new task or trying out a new software.
However, modern leaders know that if they don’t try, they will never succeed.
Tell your employees that you don’t expect them to be perfect, but you do expect them to grow within their positions.
Senior Management Trainer and Consultant
Originally published: 23 March, 2019
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