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Be Kind to Your Employees, They Will Thank You For It

We all know how important it is to recruit the right talent for your company. Employees are our greatest asset.

By Isabel Dimaranan

 

They’re the minds that run the corporate machine, and the best of them keep our company on top. So, once we have them in our nest, how do we ensure that they stay?

As one of our favorite CEOs, Richard Branson, says, “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

Managers need to do their part in order to keep employees at their best, but it’s not always an easy feat. A large global survey of employee attitudes toward management suggests that a whopping 82% of people don’t trust their boss. Another staggering statistic is that over 50% of employees quit their jobs because of their managers. If treated improperly, even the best employees disengage and lose their potential. This in turn leads to higher turnover rates, which can cost us greatly.

How can you engage your employees and prove that you’re trustworthy as a leader? There are many ways, but let’s focus on one simple solution that’s often overlooked.

Kindness. It doesn’t cost a dime to be kind to your employees, and your company will benefit from it in more ways than imagined.

According to findings from The Energy Project and the Harvard Business Review, the three leadership actions that impacted employee performance the most were treating employees with respect, recognizing and appreciating them, and being positive and optimistic.

Exercising kindness can produce positive results in both our personal and work lives. It encourages people to see us as trustworthy and genuine individuals. When we instill kindness to motivate our employees, it can have an even greater reach. If you treat your employees with kindness and respect, your employees will feel valued, inspired, and are more likely to engage in open communication with their leaders. As a CEO, you reap the benefits of kindness by creating a more connected and reliable workforce, while setting up a legacy for a positive work culture. Read Full Article


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