Help Your Employees Fall in Love (With Their Jobs)

Posted October 20, 2014

With Q4 well underway and the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a season of warm greetings, spending time with family, and being around those you love.  It’s also crunch time to meet your year-end goals, and you need your employees to be doing more than daydreaming about their upcoming holiday travels.  Like spurned lovers, employees are often ready to pack their bags and be on their way this time of year.  So how do you keep them focused?  By making employees fall in love with their jobs all over.  Take the initiative and show employees that your company is not like a selfish significant other this holiday season.   Here are a few tips to help you build meaningful relationships with your staff.

Make a Great First Impression.

When meeting someone for the first time, no matter if it’s a date, your girlfriend’s parents, or on a job interview, it’s essential to start off on the right foot.  A first impression is often the most lasting impression.  As a manager, it’s important to remember that impressions are a two way street.  Not only should you be concerned about the impression a potential new hire is making on you, it’s your job to make a great first impression as their manager.  Because if you don’t put in the effort to make a good impression, top talent won’t stick around.

To avoid starting off on a negative note, put more thought and effort into onboarding new hires.  A recent study by Brilliant Ink found that nearly half of all new employees describe their first day on the job as dull or confusing and a quarter of all new hires felt misled by the initial interview process.  This has a negative impact and causes disengagement down the road.  Instead, make employees feel welcome and make yourself available to answer any questions and provide training.

Make them Feel Valued.

The best relationships are those in which there is a set of shared values.  This applies in manager/employee relationships as well.  Employees, especially those of the millennial generation, want to feel like they’re a part of something meaningful and bigger.  Show them how the work they’re doing connects to the overall mission of the company.  The more employees feel like they’re contributing to the bigger picture, the more engaged they’ll be on the job.

Show a Little Love.

Contrary to popular belief, there is room for PDA in the workplace—public display of affection in the terms of publicly recognizing hard work.  Providing praise in front on their colleagues, shows employees that you want everyone to know what a great job they did on that project.  A simple thank you can go a long way in increasing loyalty and decreasing turnover.

Have Fun Together.

If you don’t enjoy spending time together, a relationship won’t last.  There has to be a balance between work and play if you want employees to love coming to work everyday.  While you likely don’t have the resources to take lavish trips together, there is an abundance of other ways to inject fun into the workplace.  Spend time together by grabbing lunch or going to happy hour.  Start an office team for a local kickball league.  Celebrate office birthdays with cookies or cupcakes.  Host a pre-Thanksgiving potluck.  The more time you spend getting to know employees, the more the office will feel like a second family.

Follow the above tips to crank up office love this season.  By spending a little time investing in better relationships with employees now, you’ll create long-lasting bonds that lead to more productive, happy employees.

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