We’d all like to work at a company that recognizes our contributions, compensates us fairly, and celebrates our growth. Many organizations offer incredible benefits and perks to showcase their support for their employees. However, it doesn’t always mean that every employee feels seen, heard, or appreciated.
Some organizations focus on incentivizing their employees to ensure they perform to their best ability. Others may focus on “check-ins” to engage with employees, identify potential issues, and create a healthier company culture.
What are some ways companies can help employees feel supported and understood? Here are eight easy ways your organization can understand how to support your employees.
First things first: you have to be accessible to be supportive. Organizations often fail because there are severe communication gaps between leaders and employees. Exceptional leaders and managers understand that they should always be open to questions or concerns.
Many leaders lead hectic lives, and it can be easy for them to get lost in their schedules until the company culture inevitably suffers. Whether you’re a founder or a manager, you should make sure that you remain visible and accessible to those who might need your thoughts, suggestions, or feedback.
Offer Real-Time Feedback
If we are being honest, the concept of a “yearly review” is unnecessary and outdated. Organizations should develop a culture where real-time feedback is encouraged so that employees can immediately adjust and improve as needed. Of course, criticism should also be accompanied by empathy and flexibility.
If feedback can be offered in real-time, it also helps foster a culture of transparency. Employees can take the real-time feedback and begin improving faster, and it also allows employees to help each other and develop new skills. Lastly, real-time feedback makes sense because it removes any recency bias that might be clouding their perspective.