If you want to build relationships with your employees, the answer is simple: engagement with them.
You build professional relationships with people who report directly to you by frequently interacting with them, demonstrating trust, coaching and ultimately showing that you have their backs. Some tactical things you can do:
1. Have monthly 1–1 meetings
A 1–1 meeting with each person reporting directly to you is an excellent opportunity to build a relationship. During this meeting, you’ll be checking in on their progress, giving advice, answering big questions about the company direction and just learning more about their lives.
2. Reply to their weekly status reports
Each of your team members should be submitting a weekly status report that outlines their top objectives, concerns and plans for the following week. These get emailed to the group using a tool like. Make sure you reply to each one, commending the person’s progress and giving feedback on their concerns.
3. Host an engaging weekly team meeting
You should start off each weekly team meeting with a game of highs and lows, where each person shares the best and worst aspect of their weekend. It’s a fun way to learn about each others lives and wake up on Monday morning. This also helps to go beyond the surface level and really get to know each team member’s interests.