“As a leader, you have a lot on your plate all the time. But one of the most important things (if not the most important) you can do is to make time to support your staff.” – Business Collective
Supporting your employees gives them the confidence to do the best job they can. Here are some ways to support your employees that you have their back!
Support Your Employees By Supporting Their Family Life
It’s easy to forget that your employees have lives outside of work. Acknowledge that you support their personal time by encouraging a healthy work-life balance.
“More and more workers now look for employers who understand that an individual’s personal and professional life cannot always be distinctly compartmentalized. In fact, according to a 2014 report by The Council of Economic Advisers (a White House agency), a third of employees – including nearly 50 percent of working parents – have turned down a job because it conflicted with their family responsibilities.” – Business News Weekly
Whether you realize it or not, your employees’ families are part of your support team. When you support the people who support your employees, your team is stronger on all fronts!
Support Your Employees By Supporting Their Education & Personal Development
Investing in your employees’ education benefits both your company and your team. Provide exciting learning opportunities beyond the basic training that is required for their day-to-day tasks.
“Millennial workers, in particular, tend to covet these learning opportunities. Ensure that courses and workshops — paid for by the company — are part of their career plan.” – Robert Half
You can get creative with what “education” means. A day of team-building where your employees collaborate on an escape room challenge is just as important as any university course. Team-building activities teach invaluable skills and foster a spirit of togetherness. It’s the ultimate way to support your team!
Investing in good employee training sets your team up for success. While continued employee education is often overlooked, it’s one of the easiest ways to invest in your team.
Support Your Employees By Giving Praise Along The Way
It’s important to recognize your employees for the hard work they do. However, you don’t have to wait until performance reviews or the end of the year to give your employees a pat on the back.
For example, you can celebrate little wins along the way by offering incentives for an especially productive week or month. You can even celebrate non-work related milestones like the achievement of a personal goal.
“It does not take a big raise or expensive gifts to make your employees happy and motivated. However, to be recognized for their hard work or to be rewarded in a personal achievement goes a long way.” – 6Q Blog
Support Your Employees By Taking Personal Interests In Them
Take interest in what your employees are interested in. Meet up with team members on a one-to-one basis and show them you are invested in their personal goals.
“…If you care more about your employees’ personal goals than the company work they are doing, they’ll go through brick walls for you to build your company. Sounds odd, but focusing on employees’ dreams will change them forever, and they’ll associate that positive feeling with your company.” – Cameron Herold Blog
Ask questions about their progress and offer assistance wherever you can. Your employees work harder when they feel like you really care about them. It’s that simple.
Remember, an investment in your employees is an investment in your company. After all, your employees are your greatest asset. Follow these tips to show them how much they matter!
If you have questions or would like more information, I’d be happy to help. Please send an email, and my team will get in touch with you!