“How are you?”
“Great, and you?”
This employer/employee interaction is probably familiar to you. As a busy leader and executive, it can be easier to have these quick conversations with your employees, before isolating yourself to your office for the rest of the day, while your employees do the same.
But this type of “silo” work environment won’t lead employees to discovering their full potential for growth. A good leader wants to do whatever it takes to help their employees achieve greatness (plus, great employees = a great organization!).
Here are some ways an employer can lead employees to their full potential:
Make time to get to know them.
There’s a lot of work to be done. You’re busy. They’re busy. We get it.
But it’s crucial to schedule time each month to sit down with employees individually and get to know them on a deeper level. Find out what their goals are, their interests, their ambitions, and find out if their current workload is nourishing their professional growth. By learning the areas in which your employees thrive, as well as the areas that they don’t, you can better understand how to assist them in guiding their careers in the right direction.
Things to consider:
- What is your employee hoping to gain from their job, from you, and from the organization?
- Are they extroverts or introverts?
- Are there any areas that they consistently strive?
- Are there any areas that they consistently struggle?
Be the kind of leader who your employees can trust and approach at any given moment, not just in crisis.
Design opportunities for success.
The better you get to know your employees, the better you’ll be able to create opportunities that will be professionally rewarding for them. Allow employees to try new things and take on new assignments that they show interest or strength in or that you think might benefit them. And when you see them succeeding, let them know that their hard work is noticed and appreciated.
Offer programs that motivate.
Community service. Mentor/mentee programs. Wellness programs.
These opportunities will all enhance your employees professionally as well as personally, and it will also bring them closer together. By offering programs that encourage employees to support each other, they will work even better together in the workplace. It’s important that your employees know that you care about their quality of life outside of work.
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