Structured meetings with your employees to communicate feedback and set goals certainly play an important role in management, but quick chats shouldn’t be underestimated. Consistency is key when it comes to truly establishing an effective communication style with your team. Learn more about the hidden benefits of a five minute conversation with an employee.
Boosts Workplace Morale
Engaging in a one-on-one conversation, no matter how brief, can help you address any lulls in motivation with an employee before it goes too far. Taking the time to remind your employee of the purpose of their contribution and how it fits into the big picture, extending a compliment, or even just giving a quick pep talk can keep engagement from dropping and prevent complacency or cynicism. You’ll have the chance to witness any signs of employee burnout so you can take action before it’s too late and you lose a top worker.
Regular face time with your employees provides them a valuable opportunity to get the tools they need from you to succeed in their job performances. Making yourself available for answering questions or concerns and giving them guidance can assist them in overcoming obstacles that are holding them back. Not only may it eventually increase both their output and the quality of their work, but you’ll gain valuable insight into issues that you may not have been aware of because of being removed from their day-to-day tasks – such as outdated or redundant processes that aren’t the best use of your employees’ time.
Fosters Trustworthy Relationship
The dynamics of some workplaces can often create an “us versus them” mentality, in which there employees distrust leadership. A lack of trust makes employees less productive, motivated, and committed to the job. This often occurs because of information gatekeeping, in which employees aren’t informed about company happenings or updates. Having five minute conversations with your employees and keeping them updating about the latest news can make them feel like respected members of the company, and trust you more.
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