When was the last time you were really excited about something upcoming? You can probably name a few times in the last few weeks. When was the last time one of your employees felt really excited about something upcoming? Unsure? Taking the emotional temperature of your employees is just as important as taking your own. In order to create a company culture that fosters excellence, you need to be able to support your employees when they need it most.
Here are a few ways to help your leaders manage your employees with empathy in mind.
Talk to your employees.
People typically just want to be heard and acknowledged for how they feel. When you reach out to them you are making a great first step toward fostering relationships. You should be reaching out on a regular basis with all employees, and especially when an incident occurs.
Use active listening and pay close attention to how your employees respond to these check-ins, a lot can be said non-verbally. Proactively reaching out to employees when you see them in the office can be an easy way to foster inclusivity and engagement.
Observe employees interactions with each other.
Like we said before, a lot can be said non-verbally, pay attention to your employee’s body language throughout the day, and as they interact with other employees. Do they seem frustrated? Are they laughing or smiling? These little cues can be noticed as you’re walking to the bathroom or to grab another cup of coffee. It doesn’t always take a lot to understand how your employees are feeling, but it can make a huge difference.
Invest in a Culture Assessment
Culture assessments are designed to evaluate the state of your company culture, your stressors, and the elements that make your company unique. These assessments can be a great way to invest in your people and ensure you are optimizing your culture. At Culture Works, we build a game plan based on your specific company needs. Throughout this process, we maximize areas of strength and find solutions for areas of improvement.
So, do you know how happy (or unhappy) your employees are? If not, start today.
Company culture is essential to the success of your company. When you focus on building your HR, Talent, and overall company you can increase productivity within your organization and attract the best talent outside of your organization. Getting the emotional temperature of your team is just the start. Contact us to learn more!