Lynne Marie Finn, President and CEO of Broadleaf Results, was recently featured in an article on Forbes.com about how business leaders can form more meaningful relationships with their teams and employees. The blog, titled “16 Simple Ways For Business Leaders To Get To Know Their Team Better,” includes insights from HR experts on creative ways to develop stronger connections with team members.
When asked how business executives can foster a more connected workplace, Lynne gave the following response.
“Let staff members get to know you and each other. Be willing to share personal information about yourself. At social work events, I ask “table questions” such as, “If you wrote a book, what would the title be?” You learn a lot about people! Some people feel uncomfortable sharing at first, but once we get started they really get into it and it opens up topics for further conversation.”
While the pandemic has inhibited opportunities to deepen workplace relationships, leaders can still make a consistent effort to learn more about their employees’ personal lives and outside passions. Lynne argues that if executives can share details about their own lives, it will make their employees feel more comfortable about divulging bits and pieces of their own background. This, in turn, will foster a more close-knit and connected workplace while driving a more positive workplace culture.
Interested in reading about what other HR leaders had to say when asked how to establish more positive relationships with their teams? Check out the Forbes article here.