Mentor, Coach, Advocate: Why spending time with your employees is so important

Spending time with employees pays off—not just for them, but for leaders and the entire organization. According to Fast Company, there is an optimal amount of time to spend with each employee, less than 6 hours and you are a disengaged leader, more and you are a picky micro-manager.  

At ELM, we take this seriously and every manager is mandated to have weekly 1:1 meetings with each of their employees. In this time they try to understand what is going on for the employee in a  mentor role. How the employee is feeling, what’s going on at home and any challenges they may be facing. The manager then takes on a coaching role,  focussing on wins and motivating and encouraging the employee in their work capacity. The tone then changes and the manager prepares to do something that is very important here at ELM. They take what they have learnt from the interaction and prepare to go out and become the employee’s advocate. 

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