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Your employees are your most valuable asset, so it’s important to treat them that way. When people feel valued and appreciated, they’re more likely to be loyal to their bosses and go above and beyond to make sure the company is successful. They’ll be happier at work and more productive. Here are five simple ways to show your employees you care about them.

Connect with them on a personal level

You don’t have to give them life advice on their most recent significant other, but you can ask about their weekends, their kids, their families. Chatting about things other than work helps establish personal connections that show you’re genuinely interested in their well-being. Remember, their overall happiness or stress level at home has a direct effect on their productivity at work.

Empower them

If you micromanage every little task your employees are responsible for, they’ll feel belittled and disrespected. Instead, give them the autonomy to manage their own ideas and projects. Make sure they have the resources and tools they need to be successful, be available for feedback, and then get out of their way. Trust that your employees’ efforts are aligned with your goals and they’re doing their best to make your company successful.

Have their backs

Defend your employees when they need extra support. It might mean you’re choosing them over your customer, but it’s important to show your employees you trust and respect them. Even if it means losing a customer, your return with a loyal employee will be greater than whatever that customer is paying you. If you’re willing to have their backs, they’ll have yours.

Be real and transparent

When your employees ask for feedback, give it to them straight. If you sugarcoat the truth or don’t give them accurate information, you might spare their feelings, but you’ll hurt them in the long run. Be honest – reward them with sincere praise and offer them constructive criticism when appropriate. And share the information they need to be successful. By being upfront and honest, you’ll earn their respect and they’ll reward you with the same honesty.

Make time for them

You’re very busy at work, but if you’re always too busy to have a quick chat with your employees, they won’t feel valued or respected. Carve time out of your day to meet with them, even if it means keeping a lighter schedule so you’re always available for a quick meeting.

For more tips on keeping your employees engaged, focused and happy, contact PrideStaff Thousand Oaks today.

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