When you run a small business, you can get so caught up in the paperwork that the people who are working alongside you can often be, well, forgotten about. That’s never an intentional thing: running a business is no easy feat. It’s easy to get bogged down by the details, but as much as possible you should try to avoid that.
Your employees are the bread and butter of your company; without them, your profits would fall and you could fold. It’s blunt, it’s simple, but it’s also true. Your employees are in the office up to eight hours a day, and if you are running a trucking company then your employees are going to be on the road for days at a time.
You may be paying for that time, but a salary doesn’t make an employee productive. Companies that care tend to offer excellent incentives and ways to help. This can be in the form of transport to work help, truck fueling cards for ease of use on the road, performance related bonuses and even duvet days for those who need a break!
As a company, you should be doing everything you can to ensure that your people are working toward your goals. Unproductive employees can be a thorn in the side of a business, but the only way to improve this productivity is to look at how you are managing them.
So, what can you do to improve the way you interact with your employees?
Some of the biggest offences in the office are time wasting ones. Companies that have tight internet usage rules, for example, will likely find that their employees will rebel against it. It’s not because they’re trying to be petulant, but employees are grown adults.
Being able to relax the rules about computer usage, including the use of social media will see more productivity as there’s no ‘slap on the wrist’ rules being laid down. As an employer, you should be seeing your employees as people, and not just cogs in the business machine.
Take note of what your employees do with their man hours. If people aren’t meeting targets, you have to ask yourself why and evaluate it. It’s not always going to be down to laziness or boredom, but lack of motivation to keep going in the office.
Businesses that hire in long-haul drivers will know that driving can be boring work, so there has to be incentives at hand and ways to keep your people motivated.
Talking of motivation, companies that set targets for their staff see a huge boost in motivation and profit. People thrive with a little competition and when there is a financial bonus to be had for simply going above and beyond, people take that with both hands. Productive employees need motivational employers.
The way you push your employees forward should be regularly evaluated, and you should always understand that no matter the industry you are in, people work in very different ways. Look at the personality of the individual employee and strategise based on their abilities and you will go far.