A recent study conducted by AmeriSleep
found that not only are remote employees 57% happier in their careers, more than 80% say that they are less stressed. Because of these gains in job satisfaction and improvements in overall mental health, 75% of remote workers plan on working remotely for the rest of their careers.
Given this shift, it is imperative for leaders to be flexible in what this new office environment will look like as employees will certainly have varied opinions about it. If flexible work schedules aren’t an option, companies may continue to see a surge in resignations.
These insights are proof that it is crucial for leaders to understand what motivates their workforce — how to connect and collaborate in ways that generate organizational energy and the results they seek to achieve — and identify it now. I believe that the secret to doing this effectively is leading with LOVE.
Leading with LOVE is something leaders can do in any industry, within any organizational culture, and at any level-whether they are the CEO or an ambitious entry-level supervisor.
Are you a leader ready to jump start leading with LOVE? If so, consider the following:
- Be a Listening Ear: Engage your team daily. Avoid multi-tasking when listening. Develop a communications strategy.
- Have an Objective Mind: Clearly communicate your expectations. Stay focused on goals. Trust your team.
- Bring a Versatile Attitude: Let your team decide the best times for work to get done. Evaluate your team’s roles and responsibilities. Reserve meetings for getting things done.
- Hold an Empathetic Heart: Empathize and appreciate your teams’ lives. Acknowledge that everyone has something they’re concerned about. Encourage self-care among your team.
Leaders should commit the LOVE model to memory: listening ear, objective mind, versatile attitude, and an empathetic heart.
Check in with yourself regularly and assess how well you’re delivering on these commitments. Even a minor adjustment in your behaviors can sometimes bring more trust and comfort into the workplace, which will always improve motivation, engagement, and results. Remember, it’s a leader’s responsibility to create an environment where employees feel cared for.
~Written by Hope Zoeller, President and Founder, HOPE, llc