True employee loyalty is about placing a high level of importance on building and nurturing relationships. Keeping in mind that employees usually don’t quit companies they quite bosses, it is critical that you have a strong relationship with your team.
Creating strong relationships requires the right attitude and the right behaviors. Here are my top 5 rules you should follow to start building employee loyalty:
Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Acting as if you have all the answers tends to alienate people. When trying to build your relationships you should set out to discover the areas where you and your employees can work best together. This requires being honest about your weaknesses and boasting about how their strengthens compliment the team.
Make relationships your priority. Your employees can sense if you are using them or the relationship to advance your own agenda. Instead, put the relationship first and treat it as the most important thing you need to nurture today. When your employees feel that you have their best interests in mind it will cause them to work harder to meet the objectives.
Get curious about people. People are often drawn to those who take a genuine interest in them. Honest curiosity helps you identify how you can better help your employees and at the same time learn new things and make stronger connections.
Be consistent and reliable. Let’s face it, we only offer loyalty to those we trust. Trust is established based upon your day-to-day behavior. If you are unpredictable, they shy away. If you are consistent day in and day out, people will really feel they can count on you no matter what chaos is going on.
Keep it professional. Work hard and play hard is a great philosophy. Employees want to work for someone who is able to balance both while maintaining a certain level of seriousness. The standard rules of fair play must always be present. Stay professional about meeting the demands of the job and take the time to gain a deep understanding of the employee’s skills and capabilities that they have to offer. Have fun and celebrate when the stress is high.
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