When you show your team that you care about them, the relationship will transition from being based solely on transactions to a more supportive partnership or even transformational. In these cases, they are more likely to follow your lead during times of uncertainty and go above and beyond what is asked without being prompted. Additionally, creativity and productivity at work will increase when employees feel valued. On the other hand, if you chronically ignore your team members and only approach them when you need something done, they will perceive the relationship as transactional.
It’s not just about saying “I care about you” – it’s about demonstrating that you care. Showing your team that you’re interested in them as individuals will go a long way in making them feel valued and appreciated.
Here are a few simple ways to do just that:
1. Make time for one-on-one catch-ups
As a team leader, you’re inevitably going to be pulled in a million different directions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find time for regular check-ins with your team members. Whether it’s a quick chat over coffee or a more formal meeting, taking the time to focus on each individual will show them that you’re interested in their lives and work.
2. Get to know them as people, not just employees
Your team members are more than just cogs in the machine – they’re real people with their own interests, hobbies, and families. Getting to know them on a personal level will help create a strong bond between you and make them feel more comfortable coming to you with problems or ideas.
3. Show your appreciation
A simple “thank you” can go a long way in making your team feel appreciated. Whether it’s for a job well done or just going above and beyond, letting your team know that you value their efforts will make them feel good and motivate them to keep up the good work.
4. Be a good listener
Sometimes, all your team members need is someone to lend a listening ear. Whether they’re venting about a frustrating project or sharing a great idea, showing that you’re interested in what they have to say will make them feel valued and respected.
5. Be available
Your team members should feel like they can come to you with anything, whether it’s work-related or not. Let them know that you’re always available to chat, and make sure you follow through on that promise. Nothing will make your team feel more unimportant than being ignored when they need you most.
That’s all from me. What do you think?