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5 Reasons getting to know your employees will help you manage

As a manager, you want to be seen as more than just someone who tells the team what to do. You want to be a leader so people will follow you out of passion and devotion, instead of obligation. One of the best ways to establish yourself as a leader and develop loyalty is to take the time to learn more about your employees. Here are five reasons for getting to know your team will help you manage them better.

1. Take Them Outside of Work

Engaging with your team in social settings will help you and them learn more about each other in a non-work environment. When you see them in different environments, you can learn more about their behaviors. Plus, you have time to actually talk to them beyond standard work conversations about projects and deadlines.

2. Give Them Your Support

While you don’t want them to think they can misbehave or break company policy, it’s good for them to know you’re behind them 100 percent. When they have new ideas, help them implement them and encourage your team. If something goes wrong, don’t immediately pass the blame but accept responsibility yourself. Doing this shows you’re in their corner, no matter what.

3. Keep Your Door Open

Being approachable goes a long way. By opening yourself up to their conversations, you’re letting them know they can come to you, and you’ll listen. Even when you’re having a stressful day, lead by example and retain your friendly demeanor. Consistency means everything to your team.

4. Encourage Development at all Levels

You want your team to improve, and frequently that starts with the individual. Developing your team as a whole is important, but you want to make sure the members of your team have room to grow as professionals.

5. Always Be Empathetic

Excuses aren’t acceptable, but things do happen that cause pause and consideration. When something is going on in their life, engage with them as much as they’re comfortable and make allowances where possible.

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Getting along with your co-workers is necessary for your success at work. For full-time employees, one-third of your week is spent around these people, leaving plenty of opportunities for tempers to flare and gossip to spread. To start your relationship with your co-workers on the right foot at a new job, remember these four tips:

Show you’re ready to go

You want to start your first day off right for a number of reasons, including establishing relationships with your team. By arriving on time and prepared to face the day, you’re showing your new co-workers you’re here to be productive and work.

Introduce yourself

Some introductions might be made by your supervisor, but it’s possible you’ll find yourself with very few connections the first day. Nerves might be a factor given everything else going on, so prepare for these initial meetings. Consider nailing down your intro speech ahead of time, so you’re not scrambling with every new person you meet. By knowing what you need to say, you can face these conversations with confidence.

Stay engaged

No matter how much you want to check your phone, resist, especially during your first few weeks. Because you’re new, people will watch you with more scrutiny, meaning excessive cell phone use may cause them to approach a supervisor about your performance. Get to know the company and culture before taking personal calls, texts or emails.

Don’t rush out at the end of your day

When the workday finally ends, it’s tempting to rush home, relax and decompress after everything that happened. Instead of being one of the first ones out of the office, try staying and journaling your thoughts and experiences from throughout the day. This quiet time allows you to focus on questions, take notes, and write down any ideas to discuss at a later date. You can also use this time to write down everyone you met and first impressions. This simple act of notetaking may help you get to know your team members faster.

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