Being an effective leader is much more than simply telling the members of your team what needs to be done, and sitting back to wait for the results.
There are a number of leadership skills that, when cultivated, will make employees respect you as a manager, while encouraging them to go that extra mile for you. Keeping loyal employees is harder than it has even been in this tight labor market so it is important for employee retention to understand what managers and business leaders can do to build employee loyalty.
Of course, many of your employees likely get time with you on a daily basis as you dole out assignments and reiterate goals, but you can do more. If you don’t currently meet with a team each day for a short time, start. For those employees that have a question during the day, cut out the middle man – email or the telephone – and visit them personally. Employee loyalty goes both ways - for someone to be loyal to you, you have to be loyal to your employees.
Let the lines of social and work time blur a bit when it comes to giving your employees face time. Though there are definitely times when business-like demeanor prevails, try to break out of that mold occasionally. When communicating with them, remember those little details about their children or what’s going on in their lives. Think of them, just as you would a customer. Showing your personality is also a good way to develop a deeper connection with them.
Empowering employees can have unexpected benefits. Tapping into their expertise as they are closer to the action can often result in innovative answers to vexing problems. Within certain parameters, encourage and motivate your employees to make their own decisions and bounce their ideas for improvement off you, and other members of the team. This will not only increase employee loyalty but will also help employees feel satisfied with their jobs and improve company culture.
Keeping lunchtime learning sessions fun and informal is a good way to give employees an inside glimpse behind the scenes of what makes the company tick and increase employee engagement. Combining topics such as the impact the business has made on its industry, guest speakers that demystify their role within the company and new innovations in the industry with brown-bagged lunches helps keep employees engaged.
Take the time to cultivate a relationship with each employee.
Carefully constructed social outlets allow those relationships to grow.
Show your confidence in employee skills by giving them creative control.
Make lunch time fun, useful and engaging while building loyalty.
Building employee loyalty is a two-way street. Treat and engage employees how you would want to be treated.