Your Employees Have a Lot of ThoughtsFeb 3rd, 2012 | By Editorial Staff | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog
I was reading an article the other day that started out with: “Your employees have a lot of thoughts. Most of those thoughts they don’t share — especially with you.” At times their silence is a good thing, but it also may keep you from understanding what your employees really think and need from you.
Boy did that hit home, because communication seemed to be lacking the other day when an employee situation came up. I know my employees are the best assets I have. Without them, I wouldn’t have a business to run. The article gave me some food for thought.
1. New employees want to feel like they belong, but more importantly, they want to know how they are doing. Long-term employees want to know you care about them.
2. Don’t interrupt an employee who is busy simply because you’ve decided to “check in with the troops.”
3. When you are talking to employees, never talk more than 20 percent of the time. The best way to show you care is to listen.
4. Assigning an employee a critical task is a definite sign of respect.
5. You can tell your employees how to do their jobs, but when you assign a project without providing a lot of direction, your employees know you respect their abilities and trust their judgment. Employees appreciate respect and they love trust.
6. Some employees leave for money, but many leave because they can’t stand their bosses.
7. Find reasons to thank your employees as often as you can. Look for an accomplishment, however small, and express your appreciation.
Silence may be golden, but maybe sometimes with employees – not so much.