It’s painful to hear that your employees
think your inaccessible. It feels like you don’t care about them. Before you
react, you have to evaluate your performance first. The feedback might be
correct, and you’re just not aware of it. These tips will allow you to be more
accessible to the employees and improve your relationship with them.
Don’t lock your office door
You might be the type of leader who
prefers that employees make an appointment first before seeing you. Considering
how busy you are, it might be understandable. However, if you continue this
practice, everyone will think that they couldn’t get to you. If possible, you
have to drop it and open your doors to them if they have anything to tell you.
Literally opening your office door is an invitation for your employees to come
and talk to you.
Some of them might have excellent
ideas, and you can only get them if they have an easy access to you. Others
might have issues at work, and they want to raise the problem to you immediately.
If you can’t open your doors to them, these problems could blow up beyond
Have a dinner with your employees
At least once a month, you should go
out on a dinner with your employees. It’s an opportunity for you to get to know
the work environment. They will also know who you are while you’re not
serving in a leadership capacity. While you’re outside, you can talk about
anything and not limit your discussion to work-related issues. You can even
form a bond with those whom you don’t normally speak with at work.
Call random employees to talk to you
If you’re not too busy, you can
invite an employee over to speak with you in private in your office. It doesn’t
have to be about work. You can talk about anything that might be interesting
for both of you. You might even get something from this conversation that could
help boost the company.
Employees will also feel special if you give them enough time and attention.
Others might also go through a difficult time in their life, and it feels good
to know that you care about them.
Let everyone know that you’re always
available if they need you
The reason why your employees think
that you’re difficult to access is that you’re not clear about it. Let them
know that they can come to you any time, and you will talk to them about any
Leave notes on their table
Leaving a note is an invitation to
talk. It shows that you know every employee and you appreciate their work. It
means a lot for employees to know that they’re seen. You don’t even have to say
a lot of words. Even a simple thank you would suffice. Next time, they will be
more confident to come to you and start a conversation.
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