Schedule one-on-one time with employees to build meaningful connections, understand their concerns, and find ways to improve both of your work experiences.
Build rapport and hear new perspectives by inviting an employee to go to lunch. Focus on connecting with each other as people.
Go for a walk with someone on your team to discuss how things are going. This informal setting equalizes the supervisor-report dynamics.
When asking team members a question, they'll usually assume you are looking for a specific answer, which limits the insight and support you can offer your people. Broaden your conversations by asking a simple open-ended question: how's it going?
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