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Coaching the Team: Part Three

Employee Interaction

Do you enjoy going into work each day? As a business owner, you absolutely should. Even when your daily “to do” list becomes overwhelming (which we all know can happen!), it helps knowing that you have a solid team behind you and an inspiring vision to work toward each and every day. In fact, your employees are a large part of what makes owning a business so rewarding. How you interact with your team and how they, in turn, interact with one another, can play a major role in your workplace culture and your business’s overall success.

As a part of your own development, it is important that you learn how to interact with your employees in a meaningful, professional manner that benefits all involved parties. These types of interpersonal relationships assist in forming strong bonds that can lead to increased productivity, effective problem solving, feelings of trust, and heightened morale. That being said, it’s all about finding a balance. Too much interaction between employees on the job can actually hinder efficiency and be detrimental to your business.

To help you in the process, Weed Man has put together a guide for managing effective, balanced workplace interaction. 

Plan Out Your Meetings

Although staff meetings should not be an excuse for social hour amongst you and your team members, they should also come across as cold and listless. Plan a short icebreaker at the beginning of each meeting to give everyone in attendance a chance to interact and catch up with one another. This will allow you to touch base on a more personal level with your team before diving into important business matters.

Listen…and Ask to be Listened To

Lend an ear to your staff when it is needed. Whether you are called upon for a personal matter or a work-specific issue, your reaction to an employee’s needs will mold your reputation as a manager. While everyone gets into “tunnel vision” mode during the busiest of times, it is crucial that you open your door and let your employees in – both figuratively and literally – on a regular basis. On the same token, you need to ensure that your employees listen to you. If they aren’t listening, they will not follow your lead or respect your authority. There is a fine line between meaningful interaction and letting your staff get out of hand. As with most things, it simply takes finding an appropriate balance. 

Schedule One-on-One Meetings

Make it a point to personally meet with each and every staff member by planning individual weekly or monthly progress meetings. Taking each person out to lunch or for a quick coffee will give the meeting a nicely balanced social aspect. 

Be Personable

One of the most effective ways to have people respect you as a leader is to let them know that you genuinely care about them. Ask your employees about their interests, families, and lives outside of the workplace on a regular basis. Show your compassionate side by sharing details about your own interests. 

Communicate

You can’t interact with your employees if you don’t make an attempt to communicate. If you regularly find yourself holed up for hours in your office, make time to take a stroll and say hello to your employees. If you can’t get away from your desk, send out quick e-mails to check in with everyone. Not only will this show your employees that you care, it will also provide you with the opportunity to ensure that everyone is on task while unsupervised. 

You can earn great respect as an employer by encouraging healthy workplace interaction. More often than not, this involves allowing yourself a moment to put work aside and simply enjoy the company of your staff. Finding a balance between professionalism and personal treatment will ensure that you form lasting bonds with members of your team. 

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