The desire of every employer is to have effective and efficient employees. Unfortunately, employers are also human and can sabotage their employees’ productivity by not displaying appropriate leadership skills. Employers may get irritated, impatient, angry and sometimes may even behave arrogantly towards employees. This can discourage employees and create problems in the workplace that aren’t to any business’s advantage. There are five ways for employers to be effective leaders:

Find the right balance

Employers must find the right balance between being too friendly with their employees and being too bossy. On the one hand, being too friendly may give employees the impression that they can get away with less than satisfactory work without being reprimanded. On the other hand, being too bossy may create feelings of resentment in employees, leading them to not reach their full potential at work.

Mutual respect

Respect should not only be shown by employees to employers but also vice versa. Some employers tend to treat employees with less than ideal levels of respect. Being courteous and polite toward employees at all times is a must. It is more effective to politely request that a task is carried out rather than bark orders around the workplace. It is also very important to be aware of any personal illness or problem any employee may be going through and show the appropriate understanding when their work may be affected by it.

Keep it professional

Employers should keep their personal problems out of the workplace. If a problem is too big to handle while working, it is best to avoid going to work until it is resolved. The reason for this is, not only will an employer struggle at work, but he/she may behave unprofessionally and regret it later. As humans, we tend to behave out of character when loaded with multiple or unbearable problems.

Reprimand in private

If an employee lets down an employer, reprimanding him or her in front of coworkers is unprofessional and bordering on abusive. A good leader always calls aside an inefficient employee to respectfully discuss any issues that may be causing problems, privately.

Verbal positive reinforcement

Nothing motivates an employee more than verbal positive reinforcement, especially when done in the presence of other co-workers. It boosts their creativity and energy for pleasing their employer again by providing work that is just as satisfactory, if not more, in the future. Care must be taken by the employer, however, not to demean other employees in the attempt to applaud another.

Following these simple steps is an effective way to create a positive environment at work and boost employees productivity.