Your business is nothing without your staff- you could have the best business idea in the world but you’re doomed to fail if it’s being run by the wrong people. Since business is complex with many different interlinking areas working together to achieve a goal, it’s not something you can run single handedly once your company starts to grow. For this reason, you need to make sure you’re getting the right team members on board- and then keeping them. Here are some of the ways you can go about this.
Attract The Best Workers
You want people who are hard working, experienced and have a great track record when it comes to their work. But snagging these kinds of workers can be difficult. In order to do so, you must make your company an attractive place to work. If an employee is considering a career change or is browsing jobs, yours needs to stand out compared with that of the next company. A competitive salary goes without saying, and will be one of the main things people will take into consideration when it comes to taking the job. But employee benefits will also play a part, if your company offers things like medical and dental plans, disability, pension and other benefits potential employees will be interested since these things provide security.
Offer Training and Education
Offering training and education as part of the job role is something lots of candidates will go for, it allows them to improve themselves while still working and earning money, and you get the benefit of more skilled and educated workers. Many workplaces fund college and university education, this is something your employee may do for one day a week or part time in their own hours at an online school. Either way, it benefits both you and them and provides workers with what they want.
Keep Them Safe and Follow The Law
As an employer, it’s in your best interest to ensure employment law is followed to the letter. Get this wrong and not only could you upset your workers, but could end up with lawsuits and tribunals on your hands. Using a HR company will ensure that everything is being handled correctly, from hiring and firing to workplace bullying, harassment and more. Depending on the type of company you run, you might need to run a regular etg alcohol test and drug tests. These might not be much fun for employees but it ensures everyone is kept safe and can give people peace of mind. Your office should also be free of any health and safety hazards- offices might be safe places to work but there are still the risks of injury. Make sure there are no tripping or slipping hazards such as spilt water or loose carpets and wires. Ensuring that you have sufficient lighting will also prevent injury. Staff should have training on how to do their role and be briefed in health and safety too.
Strengthen Bonds Within The Team
Keeping close bonds and trust within the team will make your employees happier and will mean better productivity for your business. Lots of companies offer team building events, you could book in a day or weekend or have them come to you and conduct them in your office. Another nice way to treat employees is by offering the occasional free lunch or dinner. It’s a great way to get the team together and something that’s always going to be appreciated. Christmas office parties and even evenings out for drinks will get your staff socializing and could improve motivation, productivity and teamwork within your business. Keeping staff and reducing your staff turnover rate is also an effective way to do this. When there are always new employees coming and going, the team may never get the chance to work together as effectively.
As the boss, you need to keep a professional relationship with employees. But that doesn’t mean you need to be stern or difficult to approach. In fact, numerous research studies have shown that bosses who are this way actually reduce productivity in their team. Your workers should be able to approach you and speak freely about any issues, queries or complaints that need to be addressed. If you’re looking to create a happier workplace with happy and productive employees, your role as the boss is important so is something you shouldn’t overlook.
Have you ever had issues with your employees which has slowed down workflow and productivity?