Your behavior determines how your employees view you. At the very least, your employees should value you as a leader and see you as someone who has their best interest at heart.
Employees who feel valued in the workplace are more inclined to go the extra mile and perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. However, if you continually disregard the importance of creating a genuine connection with your employees, you’ll end up replacing your staff more often than not.
When it comes to job satisfaction, being appreciated sits high on the list. The problem is, most employers reward employees in a way that makes sense to them, not their employees. Ask your employees what they would like to receive. Some may want work-from-home days while others want extra days for vacation. Implement a point system and reward your employees with what they want.
It’s pretty safe to say that most employees really don’t want to be commemorated with an employee-of-the-month picture in the lunchroom. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be recognized for a job well done. Small tokens of appreciation like a plaque, trophy, or certificate in a frame goes a long way to foster happiness in the workplace.
Regardless of your title, both you and your employees are human beings with the feelings and emotions. When someone asks you for feedback, be honest. Don’t feed them a line that they’ve heard a million times before. If the feedback is positive, let them know you appreciate their dedication. If negative, take the time to explain what you feel needs improvement without being insulting. Pointing out someone’s flaws is not the same as gently encouraging someone to refine their skills.
Learn to Listen
Connecting with your staff means taking time to listen to their wants and needs. Granted, no one wants to listen to someone complain about how their colleague uses all the ink or how there is never any fresh coffee left in the morning. However, when it comes to feeling valued, people want to be heard. Address both positive and negative issues with an open mind and strive to make employees respected.
Your employees will never believe in your company’s goals if they don’t believe in you. Take the time to show your employees you genuinely care about them individually and as a whole.