Team work makes dream work they say, accordingly employees are part of the team and making sure they contribute their all for the success of the team is necessary. Making use of their skills and abilities and tapping into their potentials is necessary in order for the success of any organization. Thus making even the little things you do for them to result in even better work in future. The following are a couple of suggestions on how you could achieve this;
Listen and respect
Each and every employee has something they could offer for the success of the organization. It may be their physical strength or mental abilities in the form of innovative ideas. Listen to their suggestions and ideas, whether you do consider them when making decisions is a different thing, but giving them this opportunity to voice out their opinions is important. Honestly this is a better way of making them feel important and contributing rather than any customised gifts.
Moving to a first name basis
Knowing someone personally and getting on to a first name basis does wonders and shows you care. This not only refers to addressing them with their first name, but also means that you truly put in some effort to get know them. It may not mean that you should know their entire life stories from A-Z but showing some amount of concern may help a lot.
Reward them for their untimely efforts. It may in the form of a bonus, a promotion or even through unique corporate gifts. This way you show them that their contribution to the firm and its success is recognized and valued. It may be the simplest of things you could do but it sure does go a long way.
Respect needs to be earned and not gained through fear! When an employee shows respect only because they fear you then the chances are that they do the complete opposite behind your back. Hence gaining respect in the right way is important. When you do so, then you become more amicable or more approachable. If the employees feel comfortable talking to you then they may even feel like helping out with innovative ideas and suggestions that could be implemented within and outside of the firm. They would feel confident that you may consider their ideas and such, rather than ridicule them. This is an essential point since you may never know how innovative your employees might be and the power of their untapped potential. By showing and being open-minded you can certainly achieve a lot.
Avoid being judgmental. Don’t let others opinions of someone else deter the way you think of them. Make your own observations and conclusions. But remember for the success of anything you need to learn to work with differences and learn to put them into good use and make the best out of them!
Show that you truly care for your employees and become a true leader among them, this will not only benefit the firm as whole but will also in turn help in earning respect that you deserve in the right way!