Wednesday, March 23, 2016, AM | Leave Comment
Effective management is not only about getting things done. It requires the ability to attract and retain talent and keep their efforts aligned to the company’s goals.
Finding the balance between execution and employee relationship management can be tricky and expensive, but it’s possible to build employee rapport without expensive tools and processes.
First, Look & Listen
Every person has a different preference for how they relate to their job and their boss. While you want to build rapport, you also want to make sure you don’t make your employees uncomfortable.
For example, if someone is an introvert, then they won’t be comfortable when you strike up a conversation in the hallway.
But a more outgoing person will love being able to chat. Figuring out someone’s communication preferences can be tricky, but it’s worth it if they are a good employee.
Breakup the Routine
A bored employee will appreciate any chance to break up their routine, so give them a chance to contribute in a different way.
Don’t let them get too distracted, but try to involve them in special projects or ask for their feedback on a new initiative. Having a chance to do something different will make them feel like they are more than a cog in a machine.
Nurture Team Relationships
Employees are more likely to stick around if they feel like they belong. Find time for team building exercises to build rapport among your employees. That effort will translate into greater rapport between you and them.
Team building exercises, like those available from Houdini’s Room Escape, can help bring the team together in new, undiscovered ways.
Some ideas for activities include: formal retreats and exercises, or informal lunches and movie outings. Try different things and consider talking to coaches or consultants if you need more ideas.
Always Be Communicating
Employees need your feedback, both to do a better job and to feel like they belong to a team. Make it a point to share your expectations, impressions of their work, and how that work connects with larger goals. This doesn’t have to be fancy or formal: you can use a weekly or monthly meeting or an occasional email to stay connected.
It Takes Time, but it’s Worth It
Developing better relationships with your employees will take the time. Don’t expect everyone to like your team building efforts or to immediately respond positively but also don’t give up when faced with negativity or lackluster results.
If you stick with it, then you will find the right approach to build deeper connections with our employees and retain them.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber