It’s hard to believe James Gandolfini is gone – especially after seeing Enough Said over the weekend in which he starred along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. This movie is about how important it is that someone ‘gets’ you and how rare that is for many. Seems as we age, it’s harder and harder to feel really understood.
I think employees want someone to get them as well. And in most cases, it’s the supervisor or manager who needs to do the getting. What does it take for a manager to get an employee?
Listening is a great first step. Really taking the time to see the employee is important too. Understanding why the person is in the job and what they are trying to accomplish is another part. Learning what motivates a worker, what is important to them, and what their career goals are also helps a manager get someone.
It may not be possible to completely get an employee, given the constraints of the work environment. But people know the difference between a company that cares who they are and one that doesn’t.
All of us get that.
Here’s hoping James Gandolfini will be recognized by the Academy for this performance.