As a boss, it’s only right that you take the time to look after your employees. If you choose to be more hardline and not show a caring attitude towards your staff, you will find that your venture suffers from low productivity, low morale in the workplace and you will inevitably suffer from a high turnover of staff. Think about when you were an employee and think about those decent employers that you worked for. Try to emulate them. The chances are that you liked to feel valued, appreciated and respected. It’s vital that you are an employer that has this at the core of his or her motivation. Take a look at these three simple ways that can see you looking after your employees.
Invest In Your Staff
While it may be costly, it pays to invest in your employees. Help them along their career path and pay for them to go on relevant courses and undertake training. This isn’t just for their resumes and to help them secure a promotion elsewhere. With a more skilled workforce, this new knowledge and finger on the pulse thinking will feed into their working practices within your office. Feeling valued, your staff will be more inclined to stay put leading to a lower turnover of staff. You will be certain of a workforce that is highly motivated and productive. Invest in your staff by committing to continual professional development. If your team is keen to upskill, empower this.
Make Them Comfortable
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning to dread going into work. If you are an employer only to arrive at the office each morning to see a vista of yawning and miserable faces, you need to facilitate a happier place to work. Swap the beige carpet tiles for better carpet. Get rid of the uncomfortable and poorly designed pieces of furniture and carry out health assessments. Pick up the relevant healthcare furniture for those employees that might have niggles in their back or sore knees. Something so simple will show that you care. Get rid of the individual booths and install some collaborative pods. You want to foster a buzzing atmosphere where your workforce discuss ideas and share best practice.
You want your team to buy into your business vision. The more they care about the company they work for, the harder they will work. Ensure that you communicate effectively with your staff. Have a briefing every Monday to detail goals for the week. Allow it to be a forum where your staff can air their views and ideas. Ensure that you send out an email every Friday and make sure that you namecheck those individuals who have worked particularly hard. Recognition is key to ensuring that your team feel valued and appreciated. Give out rewards such as extra days off for targets being met and keep away days as fun yet relevant team building events.
Being a good boss doesn’t mean paying a decent salary; it means being present, caring and investing in your staff.