Modern employers have been working to reshape how they view and treat employees. Employees are increasingly seen as the most valuable part of a business, rather than a dispensable entity.
Employers are more focused on the long-term relationships they form with employees and factors like employee health and well-being, employee safety and career development.
It can make a significant difference in the success of a business to show employees you care, and the following are some ways to facilitate it.
Provide a Safe, Healthy Work Environment
When your employees are at work, the environment that they’re surrounded by will affect how they feel and how they view their employer, their mood, and their productivity.
As an employer, you should strive to create a workplace that’s clean and safe, feels cheerful, and is healthy.
Keep clutter out of the office, let as much natural light in as you can, and make sure everything is neat and well-maintained.
The old way of doing business was anything but transparent. C-suite employees and business owners would quite literally have a closed-door policy.
Now transparency is incredibly valued in organizations.
Employees want to build a sense of trust with their employer, and for that to happen, there has to be transparency.
Ways to improve transparency include sending out a regular email newsletter to keep everyone up to date on big things happening, asking employees for feedback before any big changes are made, and a willingness to confront and discuss problems and difficult situations.
Leaders can also encourage employees to come to them with any questions they may have and make as much information available as possible.
Another good rule of thumb is to have a why for everything you do so that it can be shared with your employees.
Connect with Employees
Form a personal relationship with your employees, especially if you’re a small business.
When you’re talking with employees, or they’re sharing something with you, be present. Ask questions if necessary to show you really are connecting with what your employees are saying.
Make the time to offer support when your employees need it too.
Promote Employees’ Work-Life Balance
Work is important but so is having a balance with your personal life. As an employer, you should show that you care about employees by supporting their work-life balance.
This can mean perks like flexible workdays, but it goes beyond that.
For example, try to be understanding when employees have personal situations that come up or when they need to leave early or take a day off. Fearing what will happen if they take a day off can be frustrating and stressful for employees.
If there are situations where your employees need help and you can potentially provide them with some level help in a personal way, think about doing that as well.
By supporting your employees’ lives outside of the office, it can show that you view them as people rather than simply workers.
In the opinion of most employees, you’ll find there’s nothing they dislike quite like a boss who micromanages. Micromanaging employees can be a productivity and morale killer. Show your employees you care by providing them with a sense of autonomy.
Everything doesn’t have to be done your way, as long as it’s getting done so set goals and then step back.
There’s an added benefit to this approach. Along with happier employees, you’ll also likely see that your organization is more innovative when employees have autonomy and the freedom to do things the way they see as being best.
Employees who are unhappy often feel that way because they feel unappreciated. Unappreciated employees aren’t going to be engaged with their work, but appreciation is something that’s so easy to implement in the workplace.
Appreciation can quite literally be as simple as saying thank you or perhaps giving a thank you note to an employee who goes above and beyond.
Training and Development
Finally, employees in this day in age are viewed as bouncing around from job-to-job, but that’s not necessarily something they want to do. Instead, it may be because they see limited opportunities at their current employer.
Employees value the opportunity for training and development so they can move forward in their career path and these are things you can offer to show you care and you want employees to have a future in the company.
You can also introduce coaching and mentorship to deserving employees.