Cheesy I know - but I'm in a loved up mood and I'm here to tell you how you can spread this good feeling throughout the workplace. I've posted a fair bit lately about the harsh side of managing employees - today we need to focus on the nice stuff.
It's a fact - employees who feel valued and appreciated perform better - they want to do more for you, want to stay in your employment and will shout about the good stuff.
Here's a gentle reminder about how to spread the love:
- Appreciate regularly - it doesn't have to cost the earth - a simple thank-you speaks volumes. Make sure you make a note of the good stuff that your team does and don't forget to raise it. Some people may like the public praise - some will just like a quiet word. Find out what works for each person so you can make a real personal impact.
- Spend some time with each employee - even if you're the big boss - take the time. Everyone in your employment is a crucial cog in the business - don't under value what each and every person brings. Find out what stops them from doing an efficient job and see if you can assist - it may be a little thing but it's the little things that matter.
- Carry out gestures to prove you're all on the same side - go to reception to welcome a visitor instead of expecting everyone else to do it. Make a cuppa. Smile and say morning to people. Don't put yourself on a pedestal which removes you even further from the people who matter to the success of your business.
By the way - I'm not saying that you should only do this today. If you want people to feel that the gesture was disingenuous then go for it. If you want to make a lasting impact though - keep up the good work.
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