When you’re running a business, it’s easy to get bogged down in paperwork and meetings. It’s also easy to take your employees for granted, which can skew their perception of you as a leader and cause their productivity to decline. You want your staff to be impressed by the way you work and you also want them to enjoy coming to work for you every day.

Employees who are valued – and feel that when they work – are more efficient workers. They’re also happier people. People don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses and this is something that’s very true. If you are a fantastic leader, your staff will stay loyal to you and loyalty is important. If you choose to disregard the connection you could have with your employees and its importance, you will lose that loyalty. There are many ways you can support your staff, and we’ve gathered some of the best:

Go above and beyond. Sometimes as a leader, you have to do more for the people who keep your business running. You should always think of them this way, as without them you wouldn’t have such an effectively run company. If you notice a member of staff struggling personally, work out ways to help. This doesn’t have to be you throwing money at them to help them out, but look at ways you can make their work life easier. Are they having trouble with coordinating the school run? How about offering flexible hours or half a day working from home? There are ways to help out the people who work for you.

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