Being your own boss has its benefits. Creating your own mini empire at your own pace and working the hours that you choose are probably the biggest. There does come a time in a successful business when help is needed and staff have to be employed. It takes practice being the boss, firm but fair is a difficult balance to strike. Being the boss can also be a pleasant experience and bring out your altruistic side. Looking after your employees is ultimately satisfying.
No-one likes to be constantly cracking the whip over people that have nothing invested in your business except for their weekly wage. Sometimes people need motivating so that they want to perform better, and thus make your business a greater success.
If you need to motivate your staff, then read on. Here are my 7 top tips for increasing output in your business without souring employee relations.
Create a better atmosphere for your employees in the office.
- New, comfortable furniture will look and feel good while also cutting down on your tax bill.
- Maybe the lighting scheme is a little harsh if it consists of fluorescent fittings. Replacing the old fittings with new led dimmable ones can cut down on headaches in the office.
- Make the surroundings less commercial and get some indoor plants in your office to give it a calmer atmosphere.
Take time to tell your staff how you appreciate the hard work they are putting in and that it is not going unnoticed. A word of encouragement goes a long way.
Let your staff know that they are doing well by holding a monthly award meeting where gifts, such as vouchers, are granted to the best employee. Make sure they all get their award when it is their turn, just as you would children.
Set targets and pay a bonus if they are met. Nothing will encourage someone to try harder than if there is a good reward waiting for them when they succeed. Maybe an employee’s night out for a meal will keep spirits high too. A happy workforce is a productive one.
If your business allows you to pay the workforce by the job, you are guaranteed to increase output. The harder they work, the more they earn. It makes sense. Don’t, however, keep moving the goalposts in your favour as there is no surer way to create dissent in the ranks.
Give fair annual pay rises to all of your employees. The cost of living is outstripping wages at the moment, so this is hard to do. Don’t ever let the staff think you aren’t paying attention to wages.
Maybe you are in the line of work where giving discounts on products is possible. After all, the discount you give will still leave a good profit on the products and make the staff feel important.
These are my top seven points; I am sure that you can think of many more. The best way to motivate your employees at the end of the day is to show them respect and consideration. Treating the staff in a shoddy way and ignoring their concerns will, deservedly, lead to problems in the long run. Look after them in a fair way, and they will look after your business interests. If only it were that simple.