If you’re running a business, there’s one list you don’t want to be on: a person’s “the worst bosses I ever had” list. Of course, it’s not always easy being a boss, but that’s where leadership qualities come in. If you’ve worked on developing this aspect of your professional life, you’ll find it much easier to lead and manage a team of employees.
One thing is for sure; you want employees to feel valued and cared for. And, it’s not just about their salaries! In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few key ways to care for and value employees.
Make Fair Requests
Employees want to be treated like the human beings that they are, not like robots. So take a look at what you’re asking from your staff on a daily basis. If you’re continually asking them to work longer hours than they’re comfortable with, it’s reasonable to think they may not be happy. Sure, you have a business to develop, but there’s little value in pushing your staff to the limit. It will only result in high employee turnover, which will set your business back.
Get to Know Them
You hired your employees because you need their professional capabilities. However, there is more to each of them than what they can do for your business. They’re moms, dads, students, athletes, musicians, artists, friends, club members, and a whole lot more. It’s in your best interest to get to know them on a more personal level. This will help you to understand who they are and what makes them tick.
Remember, you don’t have to be best friends with your staff, nor should you. It’s recommended that you should keep some distance between you and your employees for security and authority reasons. It is, however, fine to ask about their family, their hopes and dreams, how they are, and so on.
Create Pleasant Surprises
Hopefully, you pay your staff a fair wage and offer good benefits. In addition to that, it’s also important to surprise them with additional cash and other types of bonuses. This can seriously boost employee morale and make them feel valued.
There are companies that send their employees on holidays or give year-end cash bonuses. On a smaller scale, you could offer holiday turkeys for employees or other tokens of appreciation throughout the year. How about giving them a surprise paid day off work just because? And, who doesn’t like a surprise morning coffee and donut?
Invest in Their Careers
One of the best ways to show your employee’s that you care about them is to do things for their career. Allow them to grow their professional career while they are with you. Offer training, courses, and even degree program assistance. Of course, this will also help them be more valuable to your company as well. If these things aren’t possible, simply increase their responsibilities, teach them what you know, and always promote from within if you can.