We often refer to being nice as a good quality, but some employers think it’s a sign of weakness at work. Could that be true? Job satisfaction is the best way to describe optimum productivity aside from its value for reducing employee turnover. Being nice to your employees does not mean weakness but a way of humanizing them, which has been recognized by many surveys to yield job satisfaction. Employers that fail to be nice erroneously believe that putting pressure on employees will improve performance, not knowing they are promoting stress which has a lot of costs; turnover and health care to mention a few.
A survey by Harvard Business Review shows that employees under high level of stress spend more money (46 percent extra) on health care than employees working under nice bosses. On turnover, work stress is recognized as a reason why employees quit, find new jobs and decline promotions.
Bosses nice to employees are recognized by Adam Grant’s data as the managers that always finish first and the managers that gain trust the most because they are kind. Leaders that are more sacrificing often inspire employees more, increasing their loyalty and devotion to productivity. The benefits of being nice to employees are anchored on reducing stress at work and yielding job satisfaction. We have identified some major reason why it pays to be nice to employees as a boss.
Happy workers are known as productive people. And only employees that are treated nice at work can be happy. These employees are able to find a thousand reasons to gun for the best service quality as a means to maintain the happy atmosphere. Employers that are nice do communicate positively, which makes them more informative for the building of more robust teams and workforce.
Increased trust and loyalty
To be nice as a boss is the first requirement for building trust in self-managed teams. Generally, it is easier to trust individuals that make you feel comfortable and recognize the human side of you. Trust at work can only emanate when bosses are recognized as humans and that encourages loyalty.
Decrease operational cost
When employees are not happy at work because their bosses choose not to be nice, they begin to seek for a better salary bargain to justify their unhappiness, at least before they leave for another job. Companies that are always losing employees spend so much in recruiting new staff. Aside from struggling with brand sustainability, underperformance from employees due to poor motivation can force the employers into recruiting more staff, with a view that the hands are not enough. That’s so much to spend instead of just being nice.
Decrease workplace stress
Many brain-imaging studies have shown that stress reduces when we feel safe about our social relationships with others. Being a nice boss is a very promising way of dealing with employee burnout. Employees are more organized and lose the anxiety that leads to workplace stress when their bosses are nice.