Of all the things in business that you need to learn to master, looking after your employees is one that many people find particularly challenging. This might be because you just don’t have the experience yet and you are not quite sure as to what you need to do, or it might be that you have confused notions around what it is that employees need.
In this article, we are going to try and elucidate on some of these matters, specifically by going through an approach towards employee management which is respectful and somewhat different. You might find that this is really effective.
Treat Them like Experts
It’s important that you make it clear how much you respect your employees – which you should do. After all, you hired each and every one of them because you thought that they could be trusted with their role, so you obviously have some respect for them in this sense. The more that you actively treat them like the experts they are, the more of a positive relationship you will develop with them, and you’ll find that they get a lot more done too. It might even be a case of asking their opinion on something which you know they might be more knowledgeable on. This really shows that you admire their expertise.
Manage Their Time Well
Something that shows that you respect your colleagues very well is that you are also respectful of their time. Nobody wants to be made to feel that they are wasting their time, or that they are somehow not being put to best use within the organization, so the issue of time management can actually be tied up very closely indeed with that of respect. A simple solution would be to find a decent talent management software suite, so that you know the process of managing their time will be made much easier.
Level out the Hierarchy
There might well always be something of a hierarchy within the business structure, in the sense that you will always be their boss. But the more you can do to kind of level this out in terms of your relationships with people, the better you will find those relationships are. You still need to know when to put your foot down, and you don’t want to become the kind of manager who lets people walk all over them, but there is also much to be gained from treating people as equals, rather than subordinates. Try it out and see.
Remember Their Humanity
The world of work can get a little galling at times, and it is vital in such cases to do whatever you can to remember the humanity in everyone. If you fail to do this, it can easily lead to some really worsening situations, and you will find that you are going to struggle to keep your people happy. Remember their humanity, treat them with respect, and it will really help you out a lot.
Follow these basics, and you should find that your employees feel much more respected – and happier at work.