Who’s Taking Care of the Employees? – Week 5

As leaders, we’re pretty good at asking others to do work for us. Lots of time is spent on creating action plans and making sure the employees know what do to and how to do it. Finally, when the task should be done, we’re pretty good at holding the employees accountable so that things get done in a timely manner. But while our employees are taking care of business, who is taking care of them? It might seem a bit crazy to think about. At first, you might say, “they’re adults, can’t they take care of themselves?” – or maybe “we pay them and give them a safe environment, isn’t that enough?” But in reality, the answer to both of these questions is no. We aren’t the parents of our employees, but we should be a trusted ally in their lives who has their best interest at heart.

It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that employees are giving you part of their life in exchange for a paycheck. But think about it. It’s not just a job. It’s not just time. It’s a piece of their life – and life is short. Just let that sink in for a moment. Now we can clearly see why it’s not a good idea to focus only on tasks while omitting measures to increase employee happiness. But that’s easier said than done. How can we effectively take care of our employees to increase their happiness while also staying on track with our tasks?

Personal connections

People work for people, not companies. You’ve probably heard this phrase before, and I’ve found it to be absolutely true. Unfortunately, this means that a lasting solution won’t be easy as it involves building our own character. Without personal character, it will be difficult for people to want to work for us. But with character – well, then the magic happens. People will begin performing their best work because they want to make you proud and reflect positively on you because of all the time and effort you have invested in them. It’s a process that takes time, but the payout is exponential. Again, it all comes down to being the ally of your employee and always having their best interest at heart when leading.

It’s an everyday kind of thing

There’s one more piece in the formula for taking care of your employees and earning their trust – and that’s consistency. We can’t show up to work one day in our positive mood, and then show up the very next day with a less than sparkling attitude. Just how a successful marketing campaign runs a consistent message through the minds of its audience, an effective leader realizes the importance of keeping fluctuations to a minimum. Always remind yourself that nobody should know its Monday by the way you act. There shouldn’t be a noticeable difference between your behavior at the beginning of the week and at the end.

And while this isn’t an exhaustive list on how to take care of employees, I’ve found that these fundamental rules serve as the foundation of the best leaders in business. The challenge awaits – let’s rise to meet it.


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