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9 Ways to Show your Team that you Value Them

It is true that people don’t leave organisations they leave ineffective managers and leaders…

People function better when they feel connected, when they have a level of certainty, when they have variety in their work and when they feel valued. If they also feel they are growing and contributing, they will never leave!

People also like to be rewarded for the work they do and as we know, pay is not the biggest driver as a reward. Most people prefer to be shown that they are valued in some way, for example:

  • Through personal recognition and acknowledgement
  • Knowing that they matter
  • By being enabled to do what they are good at most of the time and have their achievements celebrated – both publicly and privately
  • Being autonomous

So how can you show your team you value them?

Check out some ideas below that focus on how you, as a leader can show that you value your team?

  1. Set clear standards and live by and model them. Let people know you appreciate it when they consistently meet this standard.
  2. Begin with the end in mind (Steven Covey) – create annual goals with the team and then assist both the team and the individuals within it to set goals every 90 days that will enable the team to succeed.
  3. Regularly recognise and acknowledge the specific good work each team member has done, both publicly and privately…don’t reserve feedback for only the negative.
  4. Consult your team about planned changes before they are finalised and implemented – ask for their ideas about what and how and use some of them.
  5. If changes are mandatory and unavoidable, provide your team with the opportunity to decide how they will be made.
  6. Provide an opportunity for team members to work autonomously – show them you trust them.
  7. Make sure that team members spend time doing things they are good at
  8. Learn about them – their interests and family, remember what you learn and check in with them often.
  9. Create the opportunity for social contact within the team – and go along as well.

It would be great to hear some other ideas.

Sources: Kouzes and Posner, Steven Covey, Zenger Folkman., Tom Rath, Strength’s Finder.

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