You don't have to star on the hit TV Reality Show "Undercover Boss" to find out what your employees are thinking and feeling. Simply ask them! In this post by Terry Starbucker, he talks about Aretha Franklin and her hit song, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T." The words totally relate to work life.
Terry suggests we: Understand the work...do (at least some of) the work...and then, EXPRESS this respect, appreciation, and understanding, in the context of setting processes, goals, and expectations.
You, go, dude.