When you’re working in executive management, it can be difficult to know all of your employees personally. But if you aren’t regularly interacting with your lower-level employees, you’re missing out on benefits like employee retention, company growth, and increased productivity. Here are some ideas on how to engage with your employees:
1. Plan fun things
Everyone likes having fun, so plan some fun into your work environment. Scheduling a quarterly offsite team-building activity during a regular work day can be a great way for employees to get to know each other (and you) and feel recognized for all the hard work they do.
2. Walk around the office more
You can learn a lot about your employees and your company just by walking around the office. Observe how employees interact with each other, and pay attention to who is taking initiative regularly. For this to really be beneficial, you’ll need to start making it a habit. One walk around every few weeks isn’t going to give you a comprehensive overview of your company, but a daily walk around will.
3. Communicate regularly
Executives are often physically removed from the office, which can make it difficult to communicate regularly or effectively throughout the work week. Keep in contact with your office by communicating remotely. Share information about your business trip, or even pictures that you think your employees might appreciate, from wherever you are via email or your office’s internal messaging system.
Getting to know your employees and staying engaged with them will pay off in several ways. First, your employees will be more productive and are more likely to demonstrate initiative when they feel like their actions are noticed and will be rewarded.
In addition, getting to know your employees will give you the chance to see who is an up-and-coming executive, making it easier for you to promote from within rather than spending time and money on external hiring.
Finally, your employees are more likely to stay on your team when they enjoy their work environment, which includes feeling valued by their executive management team.
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