Workplace communication

How To Be Approachable At Work

People In A Meeting

How approachable are you?

Being approachable is crucial to business success. If people see you as not approachable, they will find it difficult to talk to you about anything. That is dangerous to business success. If you want to be successful, whether you are a junior manager, director, or a seasoned executive, being approachable is vital to your growth.

“There are people who feel they should be with you, but something is preventing them from coming close. Please can you just lower the frequency of your stern looking face and smile… and they will make you their habit.”- Michael Bassey Johnson

Employees want to work with approachable manager. If you are approachable, your people will always come to you when they run into trouble- both at home and at work. This is good for your company’s culture.

A culture where the boss is approachable, people are free to discuss the most sensitive things with their colleagues. They will share the latest research or information with their colleagues.

Since being approachable is so crucial in today’s business world, here is how you can become more approachable:

Connect with your people. As a manager or a boss, one of your responsibilities is to be there for your people. If you are not approachable, you are not there for them, you are there for yourself. When you are approachable, your people will be free to discussion their issues with you. Connect with your people. Meet them where they are. Don’t wait for them to come to you. You go and meet them, and you bet, things will change.

Seek ideas from your people. When you include your people in your decision making, it shows that you respect their opinions. It shows that you respect them as human beings, not just employees. It tells your people that you are not an expert. It tells them that you are willing to learn from them, and that their ideas are welcome. Guess what will happen? Your people will deliver more than what you ask for.

Talk less. Listen more. When you listen to your people, your people will listen to you. When you talk more than you listen, you will miss everything that is happening in your organization. Listen to every employees in your organization- from your secretary to your C-suite executives. They have valuable information to deliver to you. But when you keep talking, they can’t help you. They will keep quiet. As result, valuable information will be gone. Talk less. Listen more.

Show interest in other people. Show interest in your people. Ask them, “What is going on with them?” Let them tell you what is going on in their lives. Don’t force them if they don’t want to. But assure them that whenever they are ready to discuss anything, they are free to do so. Make it a habit of reaching out to your people when things are not going well with them. They are your people, not just employees. Do for them; they will do for you.

Tell your people something interesting about yourself. When you tell your people something funny about yourself, you have sincerely invited them into your world. You are telling them to come to you when things are not going well. And they will come.

When people see you as approachable, they want to work with you. They want to be around you. Be approachable!

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