How can employers establish stronger relationships with their employees? This was the question posed in an article recently published by Entrepreneur. While vision and drive are vital leadership qualities for any ambitious entrepreneur, truly successful leadership also relies heavily on the development of healthy relationships with your employees. If these don’t succeed, neither will your business.
In his article, What it Takes To Be a Boss Every Employee Loves, Mark Sanborn makes four basic suggestions for employers hoping to improve the relational aspect of their work environment.
1. The first involves the way in which you view and consequently treat your employees. This can mean the difference between making someone feel like they work for you instead of letting them know they work with you. It all comes down to reciprocity and how you can help one another to achieve your goals.
2. Investing in your employees is an investment in your business. It’s a good idea to make a point of regularly seeking out ways in which you can help your staff members reach their potential. One way to do this is to recognise and acknowledge their strengths. People don’t always perceive their own abilities so this is an effective method of giving back to your employees.
3. Maintaining that balance between involved and too involved is extremely important. Remember that the purpose of your interactions with your employees is to enable you to identify and address their frustrations as well as opportunities through which you can help them grow. As such, make a point of checking in regularly with those in your employ.
4. The final point is the way in which you demonstrate your gratitude. It’s strange that many employers seem reluctant to get enthusiastic about the performance of their employees when the reality is that this can serve as a strong motivator in the work environment. In fact, asking clients for permission to record their positive feedback and playing this back during team meetings is an excellent way to boost morale and demonstrate your appreciation for a job well done.
The success of your business is inextricably linked to your ability to develop successful relationships with your employees. If you want to drive results, start by becoming the kind of boss you would love to work for.