Part of being a successful business owner is successfully getting to know your team on a personal level
Unless you work alone, your business will feature some kind of team. And whether that team consists of two people or two-hundred people, it’s important to get to know these individuals who are helping you lead your business to success.
Getting to know your employees isn’t a purely selfless undertaking. There are many benefits to your business, including increased positivity, better engagement, greater employee retention and a team-focused environment.
And learning more about your team members doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. Here are some simple ways to build lasting relationships with your employees.
Schedule regular one-to-one catch ups
One on one meetings let you address the specific things that your employees need from you, whether that’s more direction, constructive criticism, praise or just general support. You can learn more of how they’re feeling as part of your business, including whether they are enjoying their job and whether there is anything which is stressing them out.
This will help you make your employees feel valued. These meetings don’t have to be a particularly formal affair – just a chance to talk things through every so often.
Spend some time shadowing your team
Make it a priority to spend some time with your team members as they carry out their usual tasks. You’ll see first hand what challenges they face and how they deal with them, giving you a more accurate perspective on what you’re asking of your employees. It also might reveal whether there is anything you can help them with to make things easier.
Being in the same working space will also give you more opportunity to talk to your team members, and show them that you aren’t above daily duties.
Get your team together
One on one time is good, but every so often make sure you find the time to get your employees together as a team. Whether it’s a team sports game or simply a Friday afternoon at the pub, bringing people together in a relaxed environment will encourage them to open up and get to know each other.
Remember that your team is just that, a team. And as the leader of that team, it’s up to you to make everybody feel welcome.
Invite them to lunch
Generally speaking, everyone eats at least one meal during the working day anyway, so why not invite your team to dine together with you instead of making it a solitary experience?
You don’t have to do it every day, but selecting perhaps one day a week when everyone eats together is a great and simple way of having regular updates with your team members, getting to know them on a personal level rather than a formal one. If you really want to get them on side, you could even offer to foot the bill!
Implement an open door policy
Something as simple as having an open office door can help to improve relationships between you and your employees. Of course, sometimes phone calls or meetings require privacy, but try to make it a general rule that you keep your door open, and that anyone with an issue is welcome to talk about what’s on their mind.
Simple measures like these help to keep communication channels open, creating a more pleasant environment for both you and your employees.