Practical Guide to Make your Employees Feel Like Family

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Running a company is not easy, but interacting with your team will make it a lot easier for you to deal with the hard work and keep your employees engaged. However, globalization has made "familiarity" challenging, and technology often takes the upper hand on face-to-face interaction.

Working more than 40 hours a week means spending as much—if not more—time with your colleagues than with your own family. So it’s no surprise that your employees create a special bond and they need to be committed to their team in order to perform in their work.

So, if you really want your business to be the ideal company the best talent dream to work for, follow this practical guide to make your employees feel like family at the workplace!

Remember their name

Your workforce surely knows who you are. Show them the same courtesy and call them by their name. If there is something that makes people feel they matter, it is to be acknowledged as individuals. In fact, employees often complain about their managers not remembering their names. Besides, you wouldn’t forget a relative’s name, would you?

Be their mentor

Do you remember when you were a child and your parents taught you how to eat and walk? Managers have a lot in common with parents. If your employees can’t find their way to the meeting room, or if they are not aware of the company’s processes, they will struggle to complete their tasks. Sure, they can ask around. But as a leader, you should be the familiar face they can go to for help. Remember, you’ve been “the new guy”, too.

Communication is key

Making time to talk with your employees will help you get to know them beyond the professional sphere. It’s very important to develop a connection with your team as it will make them more confident about coming to you if they have doubts or concerns regarding their job. Technology can be a great ally in this case, so don’t be afraid to use it; just don’t abuse it.

Family stands for each other

You can quit your job, but you can’t quit on family. Thus, creating a friendly working environment and spending time with your team outside of work is the way to go to keep your employees committed to the company.

Studies show that 9 out of 10 entrepreneurs feel that sharing corporate culture is an important contributor to their company’s success, and what better example of it that spending time with your team as you do with your family? Loyalty is important through the good and, especially, the bad times. If your team feels like family, they’ll stay by your side no matter what.

Be the voice of experience

Everybody makes mistakes, the important thing to know is how to manage that. Share your experience instead of making your employees feel bad for doing something wrong. Be forgiving and let them know if you made the same mistake in the past. Acknowledging that at some point you were not “the perfect boss” doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human!

Acknowledge important dates

This might not seem that important, but it is. Celebrating an employee’s birthday, anniversary or big accomplishment like a graduation can make the difference. If you have a calendar with your siblings’, parents’ or kid’s birthdays, surely you can make some room for your team’s significant events.

All work no play? Think again!

Whether you have kids or not, you probably love to have fun from time to time. And so does your crew. There are some interesting games you can bring into the workplace to build a stronger relationship with your employees. Just don’t forget that as a member of the family you shouldn’t play the role of the boss all the time, keep it casual, have fun and encourage camaraderie. Having friends at work increases commitment to the company.

Final thoughts

The office should be a place where people feel comfortable and safe, so don’t take your employees for granted. They may be loyal, but if they don’t feel valued, they will move on. Spend quality time outside the office with them. At the end of the day you probably spend more time with these people than you do with your family. Make the best out of it and treat employees as your work family. We guarantee they’ll appreciate it and the quality of their job will improve significantly.

Juliana Posada
Online Content Creator