By Nina Simons

Being a boss is not the same as being a leader and employees are the ones who can see the difference very clearly. Being a boss means having a team of people who will do what they are supposed to do during the working hours. Being a leader means having a team of people who will work their best and will be sincerely committed to the company’s goals. Employees listen to their boss, yet they love their leaders. See the difference? To make sure that your employees love working for you, find out what is it that they value the most and how to keep them efficient and enthusiastic.

They need a positive leader

One of the thing that employees value the most is the optimism and positivity in the working place. A good working atmosphere comes from the top. A good leader is a positive person who manages to remain calm and optimistic even in the darkest hour. Every company has ups and downs, but the important thing to know is that during the rainy days, the right attitude of the leader will boost employee’s morale and motivate them to work even harder.

They fancy a good joke

A sense of humor is one of the most valued human qualities. A good laugh brings out best in people, relaxes them and makes them more open. Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to perform a stand-up act during the meetings or to entertain your employees. An occasional laugh off at things when they turn wrong can work wonders in keeping the staff morale.

They appreciate good communication

Even though leaders are always busy, good leaders manage to find the time for their employees. It is important to establish an open and direct communication among the members of the team and to encourage employees to speak with their leaders if the need arises. Make sure to be there for them, to look into their ideas as well as to answer their questions. Also, make sure to give them proper feedback since it is a unique opportunity to coach them through doing business.

They enjoy pleasant working space

Nothing harms staff productivity more than gloomy and cluttered working offices. Working environment should be clean, bright and spacious since it directly affects mood and efficiency. Allow as much natural light as possible, color the interior in light colors and look for storage facilities to make more space. Make sure to follow the hygiene standards and to provide good working conditions to your staff.

They acknowledge the trust

Having a team means knowing how to delegate. By delegating tasks, the leader shows initial trust that is needed to maintain the good working atmosphere. Assign your employees to important tasks and rest assured that they will be eager to prove themselves in the best possible way. Great responsibility is great motivation and also a chance that every employee is waiting to stand out.

They love to be called by their names

Given that an office is a place of business, employees often feel detached from their managers. Calling someone by their name and asking a few simple questions about how are they or about their families, can go a long way in creating more close relations where an employee can enjoy the friendly surrounding and feel like a human being, instead of just a name on the payroll list.

They look up to their leaders

Set the example and be a role model for your employees in every way. Whether it is about dress code, punctuality or manner in which you communicate to others or solve problems, define the way and lead by example. Staff will gladly follow such leadership.

They love rewards

Rewarding employees for a good performance is a great way to say thanks and to inspire them to keep up the good work. Rewards can come in many forms, but what really matters is the acknowledgment of someone’s efforts. In the end, rewarding a whole team with snacks and drinks in the Friday afternoon every once in a while can only lift up the mood and bring closer members of the staff.


Every business is about a good team of employees who contribute to company vision. People are the most important asset of any business company so learning their values and preferences is crucial to any progress. Great leaders are hard working people who respect their employees and encourage good working environment.

Nina Simons is a digital nomad, yoga aficionado and a travel enthusiast with a distinctive taste for home decor and fashion design. She’s passionate about learning new things and sharing meaningful ideas. If you wanna see what she’s up to you can find her on twitter