Working hard on your business and bringing it from nothing and turning it into something has been your vision and life, and like so many entrepreneurs that could be you living the dream. To get to the stage where you have employees of your own to think of is a success worth celebrating. Hiring right first time, or keeping important and productive members of staff is not as easy as you might think. You can get everything right on paper, the salary, the location, asking the right questions during the interview stage, but keeping them can be tricky if you don’t put in some level of effort. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can bring out the best in your employees, which will ultimately mean a happy workforce aiming for a lower rate of staff turnover.
Incentives for increased sales or work ethic
Everyone loves an incentive, especially when it is in some form of a sales environment. So why not consider regular incentives for your business and your employees. This could be something you on a particular day, a weekly thing, or simply a personal incentive derived for each team member. It could be lunch paid for, a works night out, cash incentive or spot prizes. Rewards come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes even the reward or recognition goes a long way with your employees. This might mean considering that old fashioned concept of employee of the month. But it can be a huge motivator for staff to work hard and feel appreciated in their job role. Under-appreciation and lack of recognition are some of the top reasons employees leave companies.
Regular communication between you and your team members will enable you to highlight areas that need work or encouragement. Everyone likes to have feedback and want to improve in some way, especially if they enjoy their job. So why not encourage that by having regular one to one chats and working together on action plans for your team to succeed. You might want to consider a survey instead which could enable employees to be more forthcoming with information. But What is an Internal Customer Satisfaction Survey? Much like you would with customers, this is your chance to find out what employees really think and then subsequently make some positive changes moving forward. This helps them, but it also helps your business thrive.
Training and skills on a different level
Finally, you may offer in-house training on products and systems. Most companies do that, but how can you differentiate yourself from the norm while still thinking about bringing out the best in your employees? You could consider supporting other training needs or enable staff to learn different skills within the business environment. It could be the chance to learn a language, or even develop their skills with onsite learning towards a promotion in the future.
Let’s hope that these suggestions help you to get the most out of your employees moving forward.