“Can I get you anything, boss?”
“Where are you going today, boss?”
“Can I carry those for you, boss?”
That may be a sign of anxiety - so a little empathy on your part, if you can muster it, might help.
Once upon a time, I had a staff of ten people helping out around here in various shifts (not all at once, but still...)
The guidance on what was needed was very clear, they knew they could always ask if they were not sure, and they also knew I wanted them all to get along well with each other. Minimal drama, thank you.
So, it was harmonious, significant work was accomplished, and they were greatly appreciated.
Being an entrepreneur and consultant, you might understand a certain side of it.
On a different note, here is a useful book - you can read it too! Many great tips from a man much like our own Wilfrid.
The Butler's Guide to Running the Home, and Other Graces
"This carefully detailed, charmingly illustrated, eminently useful volume offers important insights and techniques, including how to:
Wipe a glass—or a chandelier—until it sparkles *** Fold napkins precisely—in six different ways *** Polish furniture—or silver—to a mirror finish *** Lay a beautiful table and serve a meal impeccably *** Brush, buff, and maintain any manner of clothes and footwear *** Fold and pack for a trip—for business or pleasure *** Select and pour wine *** Stage “impromptu” romantic picnics *** And, among other graces, open a door soundlessly, roll an umbrella perfectly, and iron a newspaper"
And back to my warm dungeon now, where the wine glasses sparkle, just so. Be well, people.
PS: And I'm not going to get anything else for you - you're on your own now. Good luck! : D