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One of the essential qualities that makes a great leader at work is making connections with employees at a personal level. While many leaders refrain from doing so, it has been repeatedly shown that making meaningful connections with teammates certainly helps increase productivity, engagement, and profits at the workplace. On that premise, the following article presents ways for supervisors to make deep connections with their team members.

 

Frequent communication

Communicating with team members is critical. Communication allows employees to share their thoughts and ideas, ask questions, make suggestions, and solicit feedback. It makes them feel that they are listened to and are part of the bigger picture. For leaders, this helps them get to know their team members on a deeper level. Indeed, communication allows supervisors to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their employees and where they see themselves in the future.

 

Dig deeper

Leaders should go beyond asking their team members “how are you?” questions as it will probably not give them much of a response. Instead, supervisors should dig deeper and ask follow-up-type questions with open ends. This will allow the team members to feel cared for at the company and not just seen as mere employees.

 

Recognize and celebrate

Leaders should put in the effort to make each member of their team feel appreciated. While it is impossible to celebrate every little thing, leaders should celebrate important dates and milestones, even if it is through a handwritten note. In addition to that, leaders should also recognize their team members’ improvements, hard work, and efforts at the company.

 

Keep the door open

It is crucial for leaders to always keep their doors open when their team members need their help or advice regarding a project or a conflict of any sort. Making time for team members will show them that their leader is reachable, interested, and is always willing to give time and attention to their employees’ needs. Doing so will undoubtedly build and retain talented people at the workplace.

 

Be an active listener

If you want to build rapport with anybody, you need to practice active listening. Active listening means giving somebody your full attention, not getting distracted, reflecting back emotions, and making sure you understand what they mean by asking questions. But another way you can make sure you’re listening to your team members is giving them an opportunity to make their voice heard at meetings. Create a “Thinking Environment” that gives team members the chance to offer their ideas before you offer yours. Not only will this create more solutions in less time, but your team members will respect you more for it, and respect goes a long way in building connections.

 

Making connections with your team members has many benefits. It improves productivity, efficiency, and profits. By asking questions, being an active listener, communicating frequently, offering praise where it’s due, and always keeping your door open, you create a welcoming environment to your team members to foster these deep connections.

Blaine Watts