As human resources experts will tell you, it is important is to connect with your employees on a personal level if you want to inspire them to give you their best work. And the higher up you are in an organization, the more your actions matter; your employees will consider your treatment of them as being equal to your understanding of their value to your operation. So use the following best practices to communicate your trust in and appreciation of your employees:

  • Give them your undivided attention. This sounds simple, but it’s easy to overlook when you are overloaded with ringing phones and packed inboxes, according to consultant and author Scott Edinger. In conversations, put everything down and focus exclusively on what's being said.
  • Remember, emotions are contagious. If you’re feeling particularly anxious or negative, make an effort to quarantine yourself. When you’re feeling especially buoyant, go to more meetings and spend more time with others, he adds.
  • Get out there. Even if you’re an introvert, reach out to people, engage them in discussion and actively provide feedback, Edinger says. You can’t connect with people from behind a closed office door.