Hey, it’s me again!
Glad you’re back for another blog post from yours truly. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for us here at Beardon–lots of site launching for the developers and, in preparation of the coming months, a lot of file organization for me. However, I’m taking time today to pay tribute, in a pretty typical blog post kind of way, to the many ways that Beardon makes us all feel valued. Today is going to be labeled…
3 Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Valued
The following is a list of things I feel that employees should either hear or see their bosses doing on a daily basis. Although the employer has all the say in who sticks around, why not feel valued for the work that you do by those around you? The best bosses are the ones that care about their employees, cater to their clients’ needs, and successfully run a business at the same time. It sounds tricky, but maybe a numbered list will help someone somewhere 😉
3. Take time away from the office.
Since joining the Beardon team in August of 2016, I’ve been amazed at the amount of time I’ve spent outside of the office with my co-workers. Just in the past couple of months, we’ve packed lunches for hungry kids, ate out to celebrate our team members moving on in their careers, went bowling, had a Christmas party, won our softball championship as the Beardon Squirrels, played ping-pong downstairs, and hit some softballs outside to stretch our legs. Enjoying time together as a team or just one-on-one with employees is team building and makes each member feel important because you can have fun with one another, and get work done at the same time. This time outside the office acts as motivation for them to get work done because they know they are rewarded with happy memories and life-long friends. The conversations that arise during these outside adventures also spur new friendships that may not happen inside the office while everyone is hard at work. Giving your team members the opportunity to conversate without the ever-looming business tasks on their mind is both freeing and enjoyable. Get outside and make some memories with your team!
2. Have real conversations with them.
My schedule is nearly the same, every single day. I wake up and get dressed, brush my pearly whites, go to the best coffee shop around (Aspen Coffee, of course), order my Mondo Hazelnut Mocha, drive to work, turn on my computer, and begin working on whatever project seems the most pressing. However monotonous and dreary that may sound, there’s something that seems to break up the routine–when my boss takes time out of his day to come over to my desk and say a few words. Sometimes Jim comes, stands next to my desk and asks me how things are, or what I did over the weekend, what I had for lunch, etc. Other days, he sits down next to me and looks at what I’m working on, asks if there’s anything I need help with, and sometimes how my spiritual walk with the Lord is going. Having Jim come to my desk and talk means a lot because it’s easy to tell that he cares for all of us. Giving just a few seconds of your time to your employees separates that barrier between you and them, showing that you are human and their lives matter. Now I wouldn’t suggest walking up to someone you don’t know very well and saying something absurd, but ask them how they’re doing every once in a while and you’ll be amazed at what happens.
1. Make them feel that their time and effort is valued.
After working for Beardon for 5 months, it’s been an interesting lesson to learn about failed attempts concerning new ideas. I suggest numerous things each month; New ways to improve our business, increase the number of responses we’re sending out, or new marketing strategies to bring in more business. This is an extremely scary place for a newer employee, voluntarily coming up with new ideas in hopes that the company will grow, going out on a limb with crazy ideas and then telling them to the employer. However scary it might be, I know that these suggestions will not go unheard or unnoticed. Jim and my superiors make it a point to listen to new ideas and implement them when necessary. This makes me feel valued and my opinions are important to those around me. Doing this is important for both the employee and the company’s growth–if you ignore the ever-changing strategies and new ideas of the coming generations, your company will suffer.
In conclusion, working together is what makes a company thrive; Listening and building relationships, cooperating and functioning as a unit, and enjoying time with one another. Being part of a team that meets all of these criteria is a blessing that cannot be matched. All of these things will attract new employees to your company–they’ll see the hardwork, determination, and fun that comes with joining such a team. I hope, after reading this blog entry, you might be able to strengthen the bond you have with your team and create a business with a thriving legacy for many generations to come.
Until next time,