5 ways to connect to your employees

Connect with your Employees – 5 Ways to get them Focused on the Company Mission.

One of the most important (and sometimes most difficult) things to do as an entrepreneur is to get our employees as invested in the company’s mission as we are. The goal is to be able to speak to them in a way so that we maintain our authority, yet ensure that they do their tasks in the most efficient way possible. Below are 5 suggestions to implement whenever speaking with your employees, so that they will be more likely to go above and beyond for the company.

1. Lead by example

We expect our employees to treat us, and our company with respect. The best way to encourage this is to lead by example. Always speak to those that are working for you in the same way that you would like them to address you. They will also be more likely to go the extra mile if they are treated well.

2. Listen

Always encourage open communication between yourself and your employees. Once they know that their opinion is valued they will be more likely to share any ideas that they may have about the company and where it is going. This collaboration between you and them might be the stepping stone that is needed for the business to evolve.

3. Keep it Short and Sweet

Company meetings, either in a group or one-one-one, can sometimes be unnecessarily long and employees will lose interest in what you are saying after a while. Try to get to the point as quickly as possible, both respecting their time and allowing them to continue working.

4. Be Appreciative

Always recognise what the employees are doing for the company; they are one of the most valuable assets. Congratulate and reward them whenever warranted. This will motivate most people to continue doing good work and make them try harder.

5. Be Honest

Open up to them about why the task is important, and what your company goals are. If employees see you as emotionally invested, they will be more likely to start empathizing and be willing to put as much effort as possible into what they are doing.

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