Your employees are one of, if not the most important aspect of your business. They are the gears that keep the whole thing ticking over day after day. Without them the entire thing would almost certainly come crashing down. Every single business owner should be grateful everyday for their employees. And yet, that doesn’t seem to be the case a lot of the time. In fact, far too many business owners treat their employees like just another resource to use and dispose of, rather than as thinking, feeling individuals. The problem with this is that, if you’re not taking care of your employees, then you’re never going to get the most out of them. Employees want to feel valued, and they want to feel supported. Here are some things that you can do to make sure that happens.
Keep them safe
Every employee deserves to work in a safe environment. Which makes is all the more terrible how often business owners tend to forget about even the most basic health and safety procedures. If you’re not following correct the correct procedures and something happens to your employees then you’re going to be liable, but more importantly, it puts them in genuine danger. Make sure all walkways are clear, all exits are unobstructed and that there are easily accessible first aid kits throughout your office. These are simple and easy considerations to make, but they can make a huge amount of different to the safety of your employees.
Listen to them
Remember, your employees are not just blunt objects. You need to take the time to listen to them as well as giving orders and instructions. If employees feel as though there is no give and take in the relationship between you and them, they’re going to start to grow resentful. There is also a lot that you could probably learn from your employees by listening to them. After all, you might have the benefit of a bird’s-eye-view of the entire business, but your employees know what it’s like on the ground. They can offer you insight into the systems that make up the business on a day-to-day level and how well they’re actually working. By being open to what your employees have to say then not only, will they be happier but it could well improve your business as a whole.
Show them that you value them
The importance of showing your employees that they’re valued really cannot be overstated. Employees who feel undervalued or ignored tend to lose motivation very quickly. Not only that but they can start to resent the work that they are doing when it goes completely unrecognized. Make sure that you’re taking the time to show the team as a whole that you value them as well as doing the same to individuals who really go above and beyond the call of duty. Not only will this improve relationships between you and your employees but will also offer them incentives to work harder.