Most businesses are busier than ever, and as the boss, it's easy to forget to regularly take some time out to inspire or lift up your employees. Your people will really appreciate it, and they'll be happier and more productive as a result. Here are some of the things that your employees want you to tell them.

1. You're doing a great job.

Even your most talented employees need some encouragement from time to time--why not tell them what a great job they're doing?

2. I don't know how we would do this without you.

A little flattery can get you everywhere--especially when it's true.

3. Can you think of a better way to do this?

Your employees are your best source of ideas for improving your company. Be sure to encourage them to bring their ideas to you.

4. I know I can always depend on you to get the job done.

Dependability is a key asset for any employee, and dependable employees like to know that you noticed.

5. Our customers love you.

Make sure your employees know the positive impact they are having on your customers and clients.

6. Don't worry--we all make mistakes.

If your employee makes a mistake, don't punish them for it--encourage them to try again.

7. I've got an important new project for you.

Your employees want to make a difference--give them work and assignments that matter.

8. What's your opinion?

Make sure you regularly ask your employees what they think, and then act on their advice whenever possible.

9. I'm so glad you work for us.

Your employees have a choice where they work. Tell them you're grateful they chose your company.

10. I need your help.

Your employees will feel even more valued when you give them the opportunity to help you do your job faster and better.

11. Thank you.

You can never thank your employees enough--or too often. Make it a habit.