If you want to stay ahead in business, you have to adopt an approach that is employee centric where possible. Your talent is one of the biggest assets that your company has, and if you’re not looking after the people that work for you, they are not going to look after your business. It is very much give and take in the business world, and as a business owner you need to know that now before you end up getting bitten on the behind later on.
The people who work for you need employee care, and it has to be good employee care. It can’t be pizza on a Friday or jeans on a Wednesday; You need to be looking after their interests, taking an interest in their personal lives, and not just for the fact that the more you are interested in their personal life the better they will do in their professional life. People do better when their bosses are looking after them, and we’ve got some of the best tips below to help you to make sure that you are giving your employees an easier time of it. If you want loyalty, these are the steps you need to take.
- Make the day more productive. Every single employee that works for you is going to hate coming to work at some point or another. We know this, because you might have hated going to work at some point or another! It’s a bad sign if your employees are going through dull days, because you need to make sure that your people are feeling motivated and productive. A good way to do that is simply to ask your staff what helps them to work better. Is it working from home? Is it making their job their top priority for a couple of hours per day and then having a break? Would they do well with the four day work week? All of these questions are things you can be asking your team. This is not something you want to guess; Productivity is individual.
- Get rid of the office drama. People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad environments. You could be the most amazing boss, but if there are cliques and groups of friends in the office who are excluding other people, nobody’s going to want to work there. You need to make sure that people are getting on well, and even if you do have clicks in the office make sure there is no drama between them. This is not high school, this is not a playground, this is a professional environment and you are dealing with adults. Cutting off the drama is important because you are not doing your job right as a manager if your team is going from one crisis to the next.
- Praise the positivity. There are some managers out there who choose not to go down the root of a pat on the back. They say they shouldn’t need to be told when the job is going well, if you don’t hear from me it means you’re doing well. This is a bad approach and that makes you a bad boss. Acknowledge the positive work because positivity breeds productivity. People want a pat on the back because they are going to work and spending hours of their time making sure that your business is making money. People are successful in their roles when their management team is pointing it out. Whether you build a reward system or you simply just tell somebody that they are doing a great job, This will keep people engaged.
- Equality always. Employees hate being treated unfairly. It starts in the classroom and it sometimes bleeds into the business place, but it doesn’t have to. Don’t exploit people to work on weekends, and don’t expect overtime unless it’s really, really urgent. Your employees are spending the majority of their day working for you, so make sure they get home on time to spend time with their kids.
- Remember, these are individuals. You are not actually breeding cogs in a machine. Each of your workers is unique, and everybody has a unique style of learning and working. Catering their plans and their goals to those styles is going to make you a better boss because it’s going to show that you are taking a personal interest and a vested interest in what they need the most.
The good bosses are the ones that give their employees the best possible care, so be that kind of boss and do better.