Shake Off The Cobwebs and Get To Know Your Employees
When you start your own business, it’s easy to keep pressing forward and bringing more people in based on their skills and abilities, forgetting that they are individuals with their own interests. It’s easily done; you get busy when you run your own company and you rely on people to work for you, not thinking about how you interact with them on a personal level.
If you want to run a business effectively, you need to be a great team leader, which includes getting to know the people that work for you. It’s up to you to manage your time, your team and your workload without it all crumbling, and a big part of that is getting to know the people who are in your business. Not only will it make you a better leader in the eyes of your staff, it’ll help you to learn who they are as people and what their goals are.
There are a lot of strategies out there that you can embrace to get to know the people in your business better. Some of these are fun, others are more formal but still have the same result – learning about what makes your people tick. Usually, this can start with team building challenges and trips to just break the ice away from the business. Starting your ‘get to know you’ program away from the actual office gives you a chance to relax as a group and enjoy the company without the pressures of office work on your shoulders. Shaking off the cobwebs and revealing the personalities can help you to understand who can work together the best and the type of learners and workers your employees are. Some are going to be visual learners while others are kinetic, and this can make a difference when you are merging personalities together. So, how can you get to know people better?
Open Door Policies. You’re the leader, but you’re not obligated to be closed off and in your own office all the time. Keep the dialogue going by opting for a policy that reminds your staff that you are there to speak to at all times. People need to feel that they can talk to you whenever they want to, without worry that they will be turned away.
Outdoor Activities. Once a week, get everyone out of the office for lunch. Head out of the ‘lunch behind the desk’ and into a restaurant or a work picnic if there is the weather for it.
Recognize Achievements. As much as possible, recognize both the small and the big achievements. Even saying a simple thank you to your team can help you to see who is thriving and who isn’t.
Set Goals. It’s up to you to sit your people down and set goals together, so that you can understand where the goals of your employees are going and where they want to end up. Get to know their aspirations, and you’ll get to know them.