Tricks to Make Your Employees Like You

Running a business is not a popularity contest.  However, being liked and respected by your employees reaps rewards for your business and everyone involved. Unfortunately, you can not MAKE your employees like you.  However, there are tricks and tips to help you become more likable and relatable as a boss. The tips you try and keep may even become second nature!

Mirror Gestures 

Mirroring can establish rapport with the person who is being mirrored, as the similarities in gestures allow the person to feel subconsciously connected with you.

  • Assume the employee’s posture or a mannerism. Some refer to it as mimicking, and it can be done quite intentionally.
  • Making the mirroring as natural as possible creates a likability connection that may stick!

Be Welcoming to Your Employees 

Doing so feels inviting and respectful for employees.

  • A smile, your tone of voice, and an engaging handshake are simple actions that convey welcome.
  • Hospitality encourages relaxation. Offer a comfortable seat.  Ask the employee if they are comfortable.

You’re a Good Listener

“People want to believe you are sincerely interested in them as persons, not just for what they can do for you.” – Jim Wooden

  • When you are a good listener, your employees like you.
  • Look them right in the eye. Nod in Wait for a pause to seek clarity or reflect on what’s been shared.
  • A select question, or statement of “tell me more,” encourages an employee’s sharing.

Request Opinions from Your Employees

This too can happen when you first meet a new or prospective employee.

  • The opinion you request can be neutral, such as an emerging trend in your business sector.
  • As part of asking for an opinion, state your rationale. No one has all the answers. Frontline experience yields innovative ideas. Two or more heads are better than one.

Make Your Availability Known

Regardless of your workday structure, open door policy or not, let employees know your availability from the start.

  • Share this consistently throughout your organization.
  • Make it clear who is available to help when you are not.
  • Let people know when to expect your follow-up.


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