As it currently stands, you would describe your relationship with your employees as pleasant. You like them and they seem to like you, but to be honest, you don’t know them very well.
This is something you would like to change, as you know it would allow you to build a stronger connection, but you’re not sure where to start. As a top staffing firm in Las Vegas, PrideStaff Las Vegas has plenty of tips to help.
Three Ways to Bond With Your Team
Show an Interest in Their Personal Lives
You won’t learn much about your employees if you only talk to them about work. Get out of your office and stop by their desks on a regular basis to chat for a few minutes. If your team is working virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have these types of conversations at the beginning of meetings a few times per week. This will help you gain valuable insights on their personal lives — i.e., favorite hobbies, family situation — that will allow you better understand them.
Employees feel valued when the boss takes an interest in them as a person. Knowing you care enough to ask questions about what they do in their free time will build a deeper sense of trust and loyalty.
Plan Activities Outside the Office
All work and no play makes it hard to build a personal connection with your team. Spending time together outside the office might be a bit different right now, due to the pandemic, but there’s still plenty of creative options. For example, if your team is currently working remotely, you could host a virtual happy hour or have a meeting where everyone introduces their pets.
When things get back to normal, plan team lunches, book clubs, trivia nights, volunteer opportunities, and picnics where employees can bring their families.
Schedule Regular On-on-Ones
Placing standing one-on-one meetings on the calendar with each member of your team offers many benefits, including the opportunity to have uninterrupted conversations with each person. Sure, you’ll talk about work, but you can also use this time to get to know them better on a personal level. Some people aren’t comfortable opening up in a group setting, so this can be a great way to get the quiet ones talking.
Build the Team You’ve Always Wanted
If you’re ready to make your next great hire, allow PrideStaff Las Vegas to assist. We won’t stop searching until we’ve found the very best person for the job. Contact us to discuss a partnership!