If you're setting up a business for the first time, you might not have had much experience of employing staff and the ups and downs that people management involves.
For businesses of all sizes, having happy employees is one of their top objectives. Why is this? Because happy employees work harder and are more productive. It is important to spend time to get this right, even if you only have one person working for you.
Another good reason to have happy employees is to reduce staff turnover. Recruitment costs a lot more than keeping your people happy. I am referring to employees as people rather than employees because sometimes that is where corporate businesses go wrong. You need to show your people that they are valued and that you see them as a person - not just a job title.
Be sincere and personal
How do we show the love to our people? There are lots of solutions to this but start by remembering to be genuine and sincere with your appreciation of them. Saying thank you for their hard work every Friday when they go home is a nice gesture but it isn't very personal. Pass on appreciation when you see the work in action. A quick "great work" or similar comment when the task is completed or being reviewed for sign off, is the ideal time to say "well done".
People get fulfillment from personal development and if they are building up skills it helps your business too. Training and development doesn't have to cost money; there are lots of free resources out there - from watching a YouTube video to learn advanced Excel skills to signing up with a free online course provider like Alison. Just one hour per month for personal development will help your people to feel motivated.
If you have a team of any size, working together is more effective than working individually in many situations. So, encourage teamwork and organise the odd team-building activity - you might be surprised at just how much impact an hour spent together away from the office environment can have. Go out for a monthly team lunch or suggest after work drinks to help the team get to know each other better.
You probably already know that one of the biggest motivational factors is a financial reward but if you don't have the budget to give a good pay rise at least give your employees a bonus when you can. Even a bottle of wine or some flowers will show your people that you appreciate what they do. Tell them to go home early once in a while and try to be flexible with their working hours.
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