14 Ways to Show Your Team You Care

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

This is a phrase that has been attributed to many people from Teddy Roosevelt to John Maxwell. But regardless of who said it, it’s true. When you are cared for, you have a sense of satisfaction that someone needs you, they value you and it helps us become less self-absorbed and more empathic.

Here are 14 Ways to Show Your Team You Care

  1. Unexpected time off

Whether you let someone leave early or you give them an extended period of time off. Giving them time off unexpectedly says, “I appreciate the hard work you’re doing for me and I want to give you some of that time back.”

  1. Gifts / bonuses

This may seem obviously, but giving someone a gift as an unexpected bonus shows you appreciate him or her and acknowledges the work they’re doing.

  1. Compliment them specifically

Compliments can lose their impact if they’re overused. If you’re telling the same person over and over that they’re doing “great,” eventually they’ll tune you out. Telling them specifically what they did great and is an effective way to build rapport and reinforce positive behaviors.

  1. Make time for them

How often do you keep looking at your computer screen when an employee comes to talk to you? Take time to listen to your team by giving them your undivided attention.

  1. Show you care about their personal life

By getting to know your team on a personal level you learn more about them and their lives away from work. Simple things like making sure you remember their spouse, children’s or significant other’s names is one way to show you care. If they’ve had an occasion or a major life event, don’t be afraid to respectfully ask them about it.

  1. Have their backs

There’s nothing worse than a leader who will throw their team under the bus just to make their life easier. If you have your teams back, you can guarantee they’ll trust you and have yours next time.

  1. Be as transparent as possible

When communicating with your team try and be as straight forward as possible. No one enjoys the feeling that they need an enigma-coding machine to decipher all the corporate speak. Keep it simple and get to the point. This shows you aren’t trying to hide anything and you care enough to keep them informed.

  1. Listen to them

This goes back to number 5. Listen, I mean really listen. If you ask a question then immediately tune out their answer it’ll be obvious that you aren’t sincere and don’t really care. Feeling like you’re not being heard is a major employee pet peeve.

  1. Create opportunities for them to learn and grow

What says I care more than encouraging an individual to learn new skills, develop professionally and ultimately improve their life and the lives of their nearest and dearest?  Simple answer, nothing.

  1. Set expectations and keep to them

Apathy will kill a relationship. Nothing screams apathy louder than a leader who sets arbitrary expectations then fails to hold their team to them. Show your team you care by pushing them to be better than they thought they could be.

  1. Relate to them

Finding at least one common interest with each team member, even if you’re not that interested shows you care enough to try.

  1. Coach them, don’t boss them

Coaching involves developing a person whereby you support them in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. Offering advice and guidance lets them know you care about their success. Bossing them shows ownership and has a strong feeling of “I am superior to you because of my title.”

  1. Steer clear of micromanaging

Micromanaging says “I don’t trust you to do it right”. It’s frustrating and demoralizing. Show you care by collaborating and giving your team the freedom to make their own decisions.

  1. Trust them

Trust them and they will trust you to do what’s best for them.

By caring for others, people are more engaged and their performance goes up. Is there something that you do to show your team that you care that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Powerful Characteristic that Separates Professionals

It was the 2015 NBA Finals – game 3. Cleveland Cavaliers backup point guard Mathew Dellavedova would not quit. He played 90 feet of defense every possession, held NBA MVP Stephen Curry to 10-20 shooting with 6 turnovers, and dove on the floor for loose balls a minimum of 7 times. Dellavedova was undrafted out of college, is under-sized and under-skilled, but he had something other players on the court didn’t – tenacity.

But the truth is, tenacity isn’t just about the little guy, the underdog, or the overlooked. It’s not just about being carried off the field while everyone is cheering your name… “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!”

Being persistent, passionate, and never giving up is a skill that everyone has the capability of developing, but it seems that few actually have. Maybe it’s because not everyone cares enough to be tenacious? Maybe it’s because apathy has set in and people are fooled into believing that “good enough” is in fact, good enough.

Either way, when tenacity is at play, miraculous things happen. People achieve things for themselves and their company that they never dreamed they could do. Need some motivation to trigger your tenacity? Here are the top 4 reasons you should be more tenacious:

  1. Higher Levels of Confidence. Every time you quit something or don’t do your best, whether the task is too difficult or you just lose interest, you lose confidence. Confidence is built when you practice, learn, and succeed. Stick things out, complete them well, and your confidence will rise.
  2. Increased Indispensability. Since tenacity is a difficult skill to train, when organizations find tenacious people, they value those employees. These employees move up quicker, are compensated better, and are rarely put on the chopping block (even during hard times). Be the person who learns new skills and does what it takes to win.
  3. Widely Earned Respect. Early on in my career, a mentor reminded me that respect is earned. Leaders are defined by their actions, not their title. Even if you aren’t a manager, you can be perceived as a leader. People immediately gravitate to and respect people who don’t give up and are relentless in their pursuit of success – even if they don’t “win” every time.
  4. Stronger Likelihood of Success. It’s a fact. If you keep at something long enough, hard enough and give it your all, your chances of succeeding increase. If there comes a time when changing paths becomes a requirement don’t look at yourself as a failure. Failure truly only occurs when you stop trying and caring regardless of the task.

Tenacity is a powerful human characteristic that will improve your life and change your professional trajectory. Tenacious people always find a way. Make the conscious decision every single day to be more tenacious.

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