on the size, structure, and level of formality in your organization, it may be that your employees are rarely exposed to top leadership. The CEO, the CFO, the VPs are involved in more high-level, strategic activities, which may take them across the country, keep them in long meetings, or leave them perpetually on the go. For these myriad reasons, it may not be possible for them to easily connect with the people on the ground.
But what if they could? How do you think giving a little face time with the big cheese would pay off?
Big time, we've discovered. When workers get to interface with leadership, both parties get the opportunity to demonstrate their role and worth in the company and to share tidbits about their personal lives. Suddenly, these strangers materialize into humans who have responsibilities, hobbies, struggles, and victories. Everyone involved walks away with a sense of satisfaction that they've been heard and understood—not to mention liked and appreciated.
At Baudville, we enjoy the advantage of having both our CEO and CFO in house. If you do, too, then arranging this type of interaction is easy. Everybody eats, so why not do what we do and send a small group on a special CEO lunch a few times a year?
If your top leadership is not on site, what then? Well...you could reward your top performers by sending them on a trip to meet the bigwigs. Or, what if, from time to time, your staff members received a personal phone call from the head honcho? That would be pretty cool. Or, when office visits do occur, you could make sure your big bosses are taking a little time to visit and chat with each department or workgroup.
Even a snippet of networking will help your team feel like they're getting attention for the work they're doing and that what they do matters to the ones above.
AND THAT'S A LOT MORE THAN JUST A LITTLE SMALL TALK!
Our People are Talking
"The lunches that Brad, our CEO, and I have with our team members are some of my absolute favorites. They always include a mix of people from different departments, and I always end up learning something that amazes me!"
-David, CFO of Baudville