The way you treat your employees can have a big effect on your business’s profitability, but also on how well your workers develop their professional skills and careers. Here are a few ways that professionals suggest may help give your work-force that confidence to grow and develop into a real team.
Give your employees the chance to make their own choices about how they do their jobs, within reason, of course. Don’t micro-manage them, but show them what you want to accomplish and why, provide them the tools to do it, and let them figure out how to get it done. Also, let them make mistakes without fear of you getting angry. Remember that we learn some of our most important lessons when we make mistakes.
Help your employees develop in their jobs without you worrying that it’s going to make them decide to leave you. Employees who receive training and work skills in their current jobs are more loyal, and more valuable, to their employers. Besides, even if a few do decide to leave, you’ll find that it’s easier than you think to find replacements when you’re willing to provide a great workplace.
Flexible work options are great ways to build loyalty, and thanks to technology, they’re easier than ever to start. You can offer employees a choice of hours, offer work-at-home schedules one day a week, or make remote work a permanent way of life if you so choose. Being able to work at home or work flexible hours are big perks employees love.
Hey, work can’t always be a picnic but owning a small business is a great opportunity to have some fun. You’re the boss, so do the things you’ve always wanted to do. It’s easy to get caught up in our own daily roles, putting out fires all the time. Take time to walk around the office, talk to your folks and get to know what they really care about. When you know your employees as people, you’re better able to motivate and lead them.