Mentor, Coach, Advocate: Why Leaders Spending Time with Their Employees Pays Off

Spending time with employees pays off—not just for them, but for the leaders and the entire organization. The question of how much time can be explored in a Fast Company post, “Why Managers Should Spend Exactly 6 Hours A Week With Each Employee.” But here at ELM, we’ve found that it’s not necessarily quantified time that’s made the biggest difference—it’s qualified time.

Simon Casuto, our co-founder and one of the leaders of the company, schedules 30-minute coffee meetings with every employee. In that short period of time, he acts as a Mentor, trying to get an understanding employees and providing a space for them to share ideas. Then he becomes a Coach, focusing on employees’ latest wins and things they’re challenged with. After, he may become an Advocate, as these meetings sometimes lead to him implementing new ideas or changes to internal processes. This small amount of time and what happens later creates better relationships with staff who feel valued. It makes them want to stay in their jobs and helps make the company more efficient and innovative.

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