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I got you

by Adam Zack — May 31, 2023

Knowing that you have their back empowers employees to make good, confident choices.

There are a lot of words and phrases that make you feel great. “Have you lost weight?” “You look fantastic!”; “Man, you’re smart.”; “You just get better looking every day.”; “You’re the nicest person I ever met.” “I appreciate you.” There are lots of them. My favorite, though, is “I’ve got your back.” The amount of comfort I get from knowing that someone (in fact, more than just one someone) is there for me, no matter what, lets me sleep well at night, be comfortable taking risks and realize that if things get ugly in the trenches some really great people will be right there beside me, fighting my fight with me with as much passion and personal skin in the game as I have. It’s something I don’t take for granted, and know that they know that I’ve got their back too. Every day of every year. It might not be to the extreme of some deeply personal back-watching that you have, but your employees need to know that you have their back. When things get ugly and stressful, their performance will soar if they know that you are there to support their decisions and be on their side. They have to know that just because Mrs. Crabapple got a tough steak or some berries that had mold on them that you won’t be taking it out on them if it was something beyond their control. Knowing that you have their back when the crap hits the fan (and it will, as it does pretty regularly in grocery) empowers them to make good, confident choices. It allows them to share their goals and vision for excellence. And most of all it makes them proud and sincere when they tell you “I got your back, boss.”

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