Committing to build rapport with your team is the most important part of business.
While it’s busy meeting deadlines and managing a successful workforce, the importance of building rapport with your team may get pushed aside.
The good news is building rapport is really simple, and should become natural in daily operations.
Building rapport should fit easily into a regular workday. Here’s how to do it:
1. Build Rapport around Non-Work related interests.
Spend 2-3 minutes each day chatting with employees about things that interest or excite them.
Forget about wasted time on small talk – like weather and traffic – get to know the team a little bit each day.
Relationships will be built faster and the team will feel like more than “just an employee.” To build rapport with your team, there has to be a personal connection.
2. Give feedback and Praise.
It’s important to give praise, recognition, or feedback on a regular basis.
It doesn’t have to be a formal meeting. Take the time to tell an employee they’re doing great work or that they are appreciated for extra efforts during tight deadlines.
The easiest way to earn trust, is through honest validation. When you build rapport with your team, remember to celebrate the wins.
3. Build Rapport with Your Team by being Available
Encourage an open door policy and welcome questions and concerns from the team, whenever they have them.
Over time, these impromptu questions or conversations will allow the opportunity to further coach team members and help them excel.
4. Greet the Team in the Morning, and Say Goodbye at the End.
Simple recognition of presence helps build rapport quickly. When an individual feels like their presence is know, they feel important.
It’s not about letting them know who’s here, but rather being respectful and validating their existance.
As everyone leaves, saying goodbye is a gesture showing you care. And it hardly takes any time at all.