It’s said that you are only as strong as your weakest link
But in reality, there are many factors that contribute to a well-managed and successful team. Between hitting KPIs, on-boarding new hires, and managing self-doubt, there is a lot of pressure as a leader to cultivate a positive and goal-driven environment.
This is why it is so important to establish great relationships with your employees. In fact, happy employees lead to positive work cultures and yield better results! Whether it is manifested through striving towards personal and professional goals or representing your business in their day-to-day, the relationships you develop with your employees are the stepping stones to your business’s biggest wins.
Ready to establish better bonds with your team this year? Here are 3 ways you can work towards fostering strong relationships this week, month, and quarter:
With multiple meetings, deadlines, and schedules, a lot can happen in a week that can cause even the biggest wins to go unnoticed. When was the last time you recognized an employee or department for producing outstanding work during one of your busiest months? Cultivate a positive and encouraging workplace with an e-blast highlighting these wins this week. Try this and 4 other things you can do in a single workweek to show your employees you care.
Take the time this month to engage with your employees. Depending on the size of your team, this will look different to each company. Get to know your staff through one-on-one meetings or team outings. Learn about their skills and favourite part of a recently completed project, then adjust future project assignments to speak to their unique skill set. Not sure where to begin? Try these 5 tips to foster a sense of community at work.
With actions in place weekly and monthly to establish better relationships with your team, it is important to reflect quarterly on the type of environment your business is operating in. Do employees feel appreciated or micromanaged? Do they feel comfortable expressing their suggestions or critiques? As a leader, take the first step to ensure it is a welcome space for open communication and trust by becoming a strong listener. Here are two other ways to create a positive work environment that will supercharge your team’s productivity.
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