The importance of treating your employees with dignity and respect
It may seem obvious, but how you treat your employees will have a significant impact on how your business operates. When it comes to measuring the value of your company as a whole, attention will always be paid to the levels of respect shown to individuals across an entire hierarchy.
In my experience of working with both clients and candidates in the natural resources sector, I have consistently noted that the leading companies are the ones that take the time to understand what their employees actually want and take steps to keep morale high. More often than not, in fact, it is when a business is going through difficult times where the real benefits of keeping employees happy start to show.
For any leadership candidates reading this article, my message is simple: for every job role you are considering or even applying for, think carefully about your employee strategy. Showing real quality in terms of how you treat others will go a long way in boosting morale, ultimately reflecting positively on your business.
Stick to your business values and cultural context
Every business will have specific values in line with how they want to operate, and these have typically been in place for several years. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position where you are leading other employees either generally or as part of a project, it is essential to familiarise yourself and remind yourself of these values when managing others.
As a c-suite executive or an individual of high seniority, you are tasked with setting an example for employees throughout the entire business. If the way you work and communicate is not in line with how other employees are expected to conduct themselves, then why should they act any differently?
Treat employees how you would expect to be treated
While it may sound cliché, it is inherently true that leaders should treat everyone with the respect and dignity that they would expect in return. Without this, key relationships begin to break down, which ultimately harms general operations.
Offering advice and guidance as a leader can go a long way in helping employees to feel valued, which in turn can lead to more talented individuals looking to be a part of what you’re trying to achieve as a company. Particularly in highly competitive sectors where client expectations and deadlines are paramount, such as construction and built environment, everyone must be pulling in the same direction to ensure success.
Treating employees the right way during difficult times
Every business encounters varying challenges at some stage. Particularly when it comes to completing projects on time, there are always things that can go wrong. When these situations occur, the differences between good and bad leaders are almost always shown.
The best leaders will be able to manage their employees at the best and worst of times, ultimately remaining consistent in order to ensure that any issues are dealt with calmly and quickly.
Recruiting leaders with the best management skills
When it comes to discovering the leaders and executives that possess all the necessary skills to be able to engage and build strong relationships with employees, it is essential to prioritise these skills in line with a talent management or succession planning strategy, as part of a broader recruitment drive.
When carried out correctly, incorporating people skills and management strategies linked to your company culture when searching for executive talent will improve your processes long term. Here at G&E Partners, our consultants have several years of experience in sourcing and placing best in class candidates in a range of professional sectors.
For leaders working at corporations of all sizes, it isn’t a question of effective people management being beneficial; it is imperative that these skills are prioritised if a business is to succeed. Far too many individuals and companies will fail if communications break down due to a lack of sufficient guidance.
Whether you’re approaching your own leadership strategy, or even searching for talented individuals to manage employees as part of a talent management strategy, perfecting your management skills and expectations can be the difference between success and failure.
Here at G&E Partners, our strategy consultants can create and implement talent management strategies that will directly benefit your organisation. For more information, contact us today.