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Do you often wish that your employees loved you – I mean really honestly loved you as an employer?
Wanting happy workers who actually love to come to work is somewhat of a lost art. Too few companies have this key element of success anymore. It’s probably because there are too many business owners who lose sight of this value and end up becoming aloof and hard to like by their employees. Company leaders can easily start to distance themselves from the very people who are their life-blood, and before it’s discovered, they are feared instead of revered by their staff. No one wants to work for a company like that, but it’s a sad truth in many cubicle farms.
Here’s how to break this cycle and build loyalty among workers for a more harmonious and productive workplace.
Change Employees’ View of Upper Management
At most companies, there is a general belief that employees at the very bottom of the corporate ladder are merely “peons” in compared to upper management. Those who are in lower level positions just assume they are not valued or appreciated. While these workers toil away all day, dealing with difficult clients and situations, the execs are out playing golf games and enjoying life as rich Lords. Your company does not have to be an ant colony! Instead, how about making your upper management get their hands dirty once in a while, but demonstrating an actual personal involvement in day-to-day activities in the workplace? This can help raise employee morale significantly and shows employees that they matter to you. Thus, the feeling will become mutual.
Respect and Honor the Abilities of Your Employees
Chances are, you hired the people in your office because they have certain qualities and skills that are desirable for the benefit of your corporate objectives, right? It’s very possible that within the walls of your corporate environment there are some rising stars who would like to get to know you. Take the time to visit with each department and talk with supervisors about employees who could use some more development. Provide mentorship opportunities and start to groom all employees through additional training and brainstorming sessions. When people are valued by their employer, they are less likely to leave the company and more likely to use their skills on the job.
Promote Employees from Within the Organization
Nothing burns existing employees up more than being overlooked for important assignments and promotions. When new opportunities present themselves, again talk with department leaders to find out who from within the organization may show an aptitude for new responsibilities, before searching outside the organization. Do an inventory of employees who possess specific skill sets and keep this handy for when a new role needs to be developed. Employees who know they may have a real chance to succeed at work are more often loyal to their current employer.
Discover the Power of Employee Recognition
Before you go getting all mooshy on me here, think corporate reward and recognition programs. At every opportunity, give positive feedback to your employees in the form of verbal praise and recognition in front of peers for a job well done. Hold contests and allow employees to excel at projects and then reward them with fun gift cards, and paid time off. Have an annual corporate event during which time you honor employees for their years of service to the company. In order to be loved by your employees, you must give praise as much as you can and as often as possible.
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