Ensuring your employees are satisfied and feel appreciated is important to keep turnover low. Organizations need to focus on keeping employees happy and motivated in order to stay competitive in their recruiting and retention efforts.
One area that many employers fail to hit the mark on is instilling a sense of trust and confidence in leadership amongst its employees. Instilling a sense of trust and confidence in senior leadership is key to protecting your organization’s reputation and bottom line.
Although there are many different ways to build trust and confidence in managers and senior leadership at your organization, one simple way is to be a great listener.
Being a Great Listener—The Basics
Employees want to feel like their voices are being heard, rather than just being talked at. Experts agree that good listening typically comes down to doing the following things:
In addition to making sure you follow these suggestions, be sure to promote open communication so employees feel comfortable talking to you about whatever issues may arise.
Listening to Employee Complaints
It’s inevitable that employees may have concerns or complaints that they’d like to share with you. When this happens, it’s critical that you handle the situation properly. Try to make every effort to put off your other obligations and make yourself available to hear your employees’ complaints. When listening to complaints, avoid making these mistakes or you could be putting your career – or business – in jeopardy.
Remember, listening to your employees contributes to overall satisfaction, improves trust in senior leadership and can strengthen retention. Make sure that good listening techniques are a part of training at all levels of management, leadership, and HR so all your employees can feel comfortable addressing and reacting to complaints in the proper manner.