3 ways to demonstrate you value your team members
Even under normal circumstances it’s important to show you value your team members; I believe we all like to be valued and our team are no exception.
But, now more so than ever, particularly if they are still on furlough.
This was one of the topics discussed on last week’s Fresh Start programme.
So here are three areas to consider to demonstrate you value your team members, whether they are still on furlough or now back at work.
One way to demonstrate you value your team is to show them respect. Whether they are back with you, or they are on furlough, but just all those little common courtesies of checking in to see how they are, saying please and thank you. To demonstrate personal integrity with them, to ask their opinion on things particularly the things that are going to be impacting them and things that where they are going to have a view.
Show that you actually care about them as individuals, so it’s not just about the business and your guests safety but also about their own safety when they get back to work.
If you want your team members to trust you, start by demonstrating your trust in them.
The easiest way for you to be able to demonstrate trust is giving them things that you know that they’re going to do a good job with. So, play to people’s strengths give them things where they can demonstrate their strengths and you’re going to be confident that they’ll do well.
Empower your team to make decisions on things which come under their responsibility; you can’t give someone responsibility but then not empower them to make those decisions. A classic situation is dealing with a customer complaint.
Give people the flexibility to do things in the way that feels most comfortable to them providing of course it’s safe. Very often the way which people work – it’s the end result that’s important not how they actually arrived at that end result.
When giving them responsibility – coming back to those things where they have strengths – if you give people flexibility and ownership then inevitably they’re going to do a better job because they know that the result’s down to them.
The third way to demonstrate you value your team members is acknowledging their contribution.
For example putting people forward for awards; it’s amazing what impact that can have. It’s being nominated which is the important factor, not the winning… although the winning of course is really nice if it happens.
Thinking about how you celebrate success. Not necessarily just things at work, but also things which are happening outside of work; personal achievements to them as well. Many people of course while they have been investing in their personal development or maybe taking on new hobbies and interest whilst they’ve been on furlough. So it’s good to be recognising some of those things too.
One final thing I think with all of this which goes throughout the whole of the theme in terms of showing people that they are valued is to say a very sincere thank you. Not a vague and generic thank you, but actually thanking them for some specific contributions, so that they know that we actually do mean it.
So, those are three ways to demonstrate that you value your team members: Respect, Trust and Recognition
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