How well do you treat your employees? Do you treat your employees well on a daily basis, only when they do a good job, or not at all?
Hopefully you are one of those individuals in management who treats your employees well all the time. There are those that don’t ever treat their employees well and those who do it inconsistently. It makes me wonder how a manager or supervisor can lose site of the fact that the employees are one of the key elements in the operation of the organization.
Most organizations realize the value of its employees and do many positive things to keep employees engaged. Managers and supervisors should carry on that same momentum, but many of them don’t. It’s a puzzle to me why they wouldn’t continue to promote employee engagement within their departments when it’s a management philosophy.
It is easy to tell which supervisors and managers promote employee engagement in their departments by the way the employees act. The departments where no extra effort has been dedicated to the employees reflects minimal interaction and there is no positive energy in the room. Employees work individually, and productivity is low. When the supervisor or manager dedicates time and training to his or her employees, you can feel the positive energy as soon as you enter the department. The atmosphere is upbeat, the employees are working individually and in teams and have ongoing interaction with their supervisor or manager. Productivity is obvious
So if you are not treating your employee’s right, here is 7 ways that might help you improve!
- Build a rapport with your employees – get to know who they are.
- Conduct weekly meetings with your employees – keep them updated on what is going on in the department and the organization. Ask for their input and answer their questions honestly.
- Define your expectations – employees need to know what you expect and what your limitations are.
- Provide work related training for the employees so they can learn new things and improve their skill set.
- Acknowledge your employees, show your appreciation for doing a great job – have lunch brought in, make sure you always tell them thank you.
- Make sure your employees understand they can come to you – whether they have questions, a problem or suggestions, let them know you are always ready to hear what they have to say. Open communication is of the utmost importance.
- Be spontaneous and do things to show your appreciation and say thank you for being a great employee. Be creative and have special days like“Casual Day Friday” and have “Appetizer Afternoon” … you get the idea.
The simplest things mean a lot, too. People want to feel appreciated and showing that you are invested in your employees and their well being lets them know you have faith and trust in them. Once your employees know you have trust and faith in them, you will see that they will begin to have the same with you. When you have happy employees, it makes things so much easier. When you have a positive and happy work environment, you have employees who are productive and want to do the best job they can.
You goal is to be there for you employees. By showing your support, maintaining open communication, and acknowledging and showing your appreciation, you become a supervisor or manager that employees want to work with.
There are lots of things you can do for your employees. These 7 suggestions are ones I think are important.
I’d like to know what some of your suggestions are, so please feel free to share your comments.