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Being Generous With Employees Doesn't Cost Anything

We’re all generous. We walk for a cause, provide a donation to a charity, but are we generous with our teammates? If you’re in a leadership position now or aspire to be, these recommendations will help you keep your employees around longer.

  1. Help your team members feel appreciated. Thank them specifically for something they did.

  2. Connect with them. If they provide thoughts on a matter, ask them to describe their idea in more depth. Don’t talk at employees; talk with them.

  3. Be uplifting. Have a sense of humor, even if things are not going so well. Look on the positive side of things.

  4. Be engaged. Ask open-ended questions that net more details. Show that you are genuinely interested.

  5. Be in the moment. Have good eye contact and don’t look at your phone or over the shoulder of someone. Manage your distractions.

  6. Manage your air time. This is a big one in meetings, whether you’re in a one-on-one or a large group. If you talk a lot, stop doing that and ask more questions.

  7. Think about your physical presence. Uncross your arms. Have good posture and lean into the conversation and again, have good eye contact.

  8. Smile. A genuine one. Even a one second smile makes people feel comfortable.

Connecting in a focused and genuine way doesn’t have to cost money, or take time. Lean in and be your authentic self. You will be a better leader who gets results.

These strategies came from our workshops and Ann Demarais’ interview on How to Be Awesome at Your Job. Ann is the author of First Impressions: What You Don’t Know About How Others See You.

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