6 Ways to Show Your Employees That You Care

A good leader always cares about his or her employees. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to figure out how to show you care. Below are six different things you can do to improve your relationship with your employees.

Listen

If you really want to show your employees that you care, you might need to shut your mouth. Take some time to listen, even if you have the answers to what’s bothering them. Sometimes, your employees will just need to vent and to feel like someone is hearing them.

Ask Questions

As a boss, there’s only so much involvement that you can have with your employees’ social lives. It is, however, a good idea to get to know everyone on at least a superficial level. Learn about their families, significant others, and what they like to do when they have time off. Don’t pry, but try to know enough that you can at least have comfortable small talk. The less you feel like a stranger the more likely your employees will be to feel like you actually care about their happiness.

Encourage Growth

Make sure you take an active role in your employees’ future. If you see a chance for a team member to grow through training or classes, encourage them to take that step. Make sure that training programs are available and never feel shy about talking to employees that you think could make the leap up the corporate ladder.

Meet Your Own Expectations

Every leader has certain expectations for his or her team. If you only expect them to meet those expectations, though, you’ll show the team that you don’t really care. Instead, make sure that you are willing to do anything you ask of the team. If they have to stay late, you have to stay late. If something requires extra effort, you should be the first one signed up. Make sure they know you’re not just a leader- you are part of the team.

Back Them Up

It’s natural to try to keep your clients happy. In some cases, the best way to do that is to take their side on every issue. If you want to show your team that you care, though, you’ll need to back them up even when doing so is uncomfortable.

Be Real

Finally, try to relate to your employees like people. Be as honest as you can, without resorting to corporate double-speak. You don’t have to explain every decision, but you do have to treat the people with whom you work with a modicum of respect.

The steps above will make your team feel more appreciated. They’ll also make you a more effective leader. When those two goals combine, you’ll all become a much more effective group.

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