More often than not in a job, people not just look for a high salary, for the title, for the work itself and its environment, but also for the would be colleagues and superior.
And I would just like to share something based on my personal observation. This may not necessarily apply to all but I am hoping that this would at least give an idea and be an eye-opener to those who are handling people.
1) Do not show your people your own grievances. It is but undeniable for every employee to feel some kinda awkward about the job, but make sure not to show it to your staff as it promotes discouragement to your people. Do not complain, instead work on or if possible share things to your team so they would clearly understand what you’re going into. Who knows, they might help you in their own little ways.
2) Focus on professional relationship. It’s okay to show concern, to ask for your staff’s problem if it’s affecting the job. They will appreciate your concern, that’s for sure. However, do not go beyond the boundaries as your purpose of helping them might turn out to its opposite. Sometimes individual calls for privacy so never ever interfere and act on your way while it is not being asked from you. You can be a friend and give advice but do not dictate.
3) Learn to share. Even small things count. If you’re planning on something or you were asked to do something which may or may not affect your team at least try to inform them. For instance, you’re going out of the country for a certain project, training or something; let your people know it. I guess, it is better than them getting knowledge of your activity from other people.
Also on business information especially when you’re leaving, try to at least give your people the access on some data (depending on the function of each) other departments might need from you. It is as if giving them a genuine trust while you have entrusted them the entire department while you are not around.
4) Be fairly generous. It is but understandable how you protect the company’s welfare but giving your employees the chance to possess something that they deserve isn’t bad at all. You know for a fact what is fair and I guess it isn’t hard to justify things that are visible enough for you to see.
5) Protect your people. This may not necessarily mean that you have to defend them at all times but whenever possible and if its applicable in sense, show your people how you protect them. This may give them the feeling of security while they are in your team.
6) Symphatize. While it is perfectly obvious that you are more than ahead of them considering your position, try to at least be one of them sometimes. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine life in their place. Do not isolate yourself as it may also connotes discrimination on their part.
People especially the professional ones basically possess some sense of comprehension and become mature as days pass by. Most of them are ready to listen,understand and extend support if you will just reach out to them and list down your points.
Simply keep yourself as one of them and you will keep each and everyone with you all along.