If you know me at all, you know I talk about "my people" a lot. And while I'm far from perfect, I try to consistently let my team know, through both my words and actions, just how much I value them — not only as employees, but also as the amazing, resourceful, and kindhearted people they are.
One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from Theodore Roosevelt, who says, "Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care."
And if there is one motto that I live and breathe by, it's that. If your team doesn't think that you care about them, then all of your other efforts to develop comradery and cohesiveness will inevitably fall short.
Here are nine ways for employers to show their teams that they care.
1. Do what you say you will do…always.
Your team needs to know that they can count on you...always. So if you say that you'll do something, please absolutely follow through and do it. They're watching to see how just how serious and committed you are — and will likely base their own commitment on what they see demonstrated before them.
2. Share your story.
We all have a story. And when we decide to open up and share that, we may be surprised at who we can connect with. Perhaps you have team members who have expressed an interest in pursuing managerial roles. Sharing how you got your start in management, the personality characteristics you found most helpful, or the similar qualities you see exhibited by the employee may be just the inspirational push they need.
3. Make eye contact.