Managers are human, and so are the people who work for them. A key tenet of humanity is that we all want to be valued and respected. An old-school thought was that managers should keep employees at arm’s length and not get personally attached. Ignore that rule.
You have to not only really care about your team as people, you have to be invested in their success. You can’t just say it, you have to demonstrate it.
Here are 5 ways to do just that.
Show genuine interest: Take the time to get to know people beyond their job responsibilities. Ask them about their personal interests and goals, and listen actively to their responses. Take notes and use these things to build trust and give valued rewards.
Provide resources and support: Provide resources and support to help employees succeed, such as training programs, mentorship opportunities, and access to people in your network.
Demand work-life balance: This can be achieved by offering flexible work arrangements and encouraging employees to take time off.
Reward good work: Recognize and reward employees for their hard work and contributions. This can be done through verbal recognition, promotions, bonuses, or other incentives. The key here - it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Foster a positive work environment: Strive to create a positive work environment that is supportive and inclusive. We can’t make work like a full-time recess where it is fun all the time. We can make work a place that people do not dread.
Overall, managers who prioritize their employees' well-being and success will likely see higher levels of engagement, productivity, and job satisfaction among their team members.
NOTE: Written with the help of ChatGPT