What’s the most important aspect of your business to you personally?
It could be income, expenditure, customers, your staff, your workplace or something else. There’s no wrong answer here.
For today, let’s focus on your staff. Without them, your business might not be running.
Working for a company is a two-way relationship. You want your staff to carry out roles so your business can succeed and achieve its goals. Your staff wants to be employed by your business so they can earn money and develop their career. In both cases, the two parties need to be happy. If one party isn’t happy, then the relationship is going to break down, and quickly.
If you’ve hired a new person and the relationship isn’t working out, do the right thing and cut the cord. Firing employees is hard, but if it’s not working then it’s only fair to cancel the employment so both parties can move on. This goes for unhappy employees as well; if you can’t work within terms that leave both parties fulfilled, it’s high time you moved on.
A good, united workforce will do wonders for your business goals, but it shouldn’t always be about your business. Looking after your employees should come with no ulterior motives.
So, how do you get the most out of your employees?
It’s easy – speak to them as though they are the human beings that they are, and not like they are there for your benefit! Find out their interests and where they want to go in life. Try and create a band of friends, rather than a group of staff. Try and get everyone working together and bouncing ideas off of each other. Foster a real team spirit.
If your employees are disheartened, offer them a shoulder to cry on and try to pick them up so they can move forward. Pointlessly punishing them is going to cripple your team. Likewise, if your employees are doing well, you should be presenting awards. Appreciate your staff when they are doing well and offer them a boost when they are not!
You should aim to develop your staff and not just for the sole purpose of bringing more experience into your company. This should be about the employee and their professional development. If your employee is interested in boosting their digital skills, like details by Simplilearn, for example, then send them on a relevant course! Don’t train your employees for the sake of it, send them only on training courses that will be of interest to the individual member of staff.
Keeping a motivated workplace shouldn’t be a hard task, but plenty of employers create this scenario with pointless morale boosting exercises that leads to less interest and enthusiasm from their staff. It’s not rocket science and if you stick to the basics and treat your staff like the people they are then you’ll have no problem succeeding in this area! Keep your employees happy, and your business will benefit, but remember, this is not solely for the sake of your business!