1. Demonstrate Your Trust
The best way to gain employee loyalty is by showing your staff that they have your trust . Clarify the ends instead of the means, and let your staff go about projects in their own way. They might not accomplish everything exactly as you would have, but they will get the job done with their own flair.
2. Communicate a Clear Vision
As a boss and a leader, it’s your job to get everyone on the same page. People that do not know what they are supposed to be doing won’t be able to accomplish their jobs very well at all. Clearly define the roles of your staff so they know their duties and don’t step on each other’s toes.
3. Don’t Avoid Small Talk
Make a habit of sitting down with your employees and engaging in one-on-one conversation. You can have these talks in your office, in the break room or at a coffee shop down the street. Intentionally ask about their work progress, such as accomplishments or even complaints, but also make an effort to get to know your staff on a personal level.
Ask about what’s going on with their families, or lives in general, to show that you care about them as human beings. This will lead to a friendlier and more productive office environment. It will also help you grow as a leader. Two-thirds of people agree that their boss had some kind of impact on their career —make sure it is a positive one.
4. Encourage Self-Improvement
When your employees learn new skills it’s better for the company as a whole. Some companies will even support continued education or classes outside of the workplace that enhance personal growth.
If you can’t support your employees through financial support, at least be flexible with their schedules to a certain degree. Allowing your salesperson or HR representative to leave half an hour early every Thursday for community orchestra practice can do wonders for their well-being and work ethic.