“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” – Anne Mulcahy
It’s ironic that in a world that’s more connected than ever thanks to many digital and technological advancements, people feel more disconnected instead. In the workplace, especially, connecting with employees can be harder because of the formal nature of the environment.
However, a human connection with employees is essential to creating a good working environment, helping them stay happy, encouraging them to be more productive, and identifying any problems in the workplace before they escalate. Here are 4 ways you can make this human connection with employees to reap these benefits:
Spending more time with people is the first step in getting to know them better and forming a connection. There isn’t much time to do that during work hours due to the demands of the office, however, you can work around this with a mentorship program.
Mentoring employees allows you to connect with them without taking time away from work. In addition to helping you bond with them, mentorship gives them the opportunity to learn from you and get comfortable enough around you to share any challenges they face without fear of judgment.
Create a community-first work environment
A community-first work environment is one where members of different teams or departments in a workplace have a good, human connection. That can mean the interaction between the marketing department and HR or between two teams working on different projects.
In essence, this helps everyone feel like they’re all members of one team despite their differences. You can take part in this by volunteering your time and efforts to step outside your job description so you can see, firsthand any areas that need improvement and offer your support. Regular in-person check-ins with employees to see how they’re faring, even beyond work, also helps with creating a community-first environment.
Team building exercises
As previously established, people connect better when they spend time together. Apart from mentorship, you can connect with employees through team-building exercises. These usually happen outside the workplace, giving everyone a chance to know each other beyond their job description.
Team building exercises can involve various activities, such as fun games with important lessons at their core about working as a team. You can take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere to open up about yourself and your life to employees while you play, encouraging them to do the same so you all get to know each other better.
Celebrate their wins
Companies normally celebrate employee achievements in the workplace, but this can end up limited to a few employees if others don’t manage to measure up to what the company considers as worthy of celebration. To be more inclusive, you can ask individual employees to identify some personal wins and celebrate those with them.
Not only will this help every employee feel included, but it will also help you identify the things that are important to them, which is one step toward getting to know them better. The more you know them, the easier it is to form a human connection with them.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford