As a small business owner, you should be aware of the importance of hiring the right people.
It’s the quality of the staff you that work for you that could make the difference between success and drifting off into obscurity. However, who you hire is only part of the story.
It’s also about your skills as a leader. Here are four simple steps you can take to improve your performance as an employer.
Your first step towards being a better boss is to offer to train them. It could be an in-house program you have designed yourself.
Or, it could be an external qualification that helps your employees progress. The main point is, though, that you give your employees a platform to learn about your company and do their jobs as best they can. It benefits them, as they will feel they are getting somewhere in their career.
And, of course, it benefits you, because your staff will be more competent at their jobs. It’s an investment – in time and money – but it pays off in the long-term.
Provide a safe environment
By law, you are responsible for the health and safety of your employees when they are at work. Make sure you are ticking all the boxes in terms of employment law, or there could be repercussions later on down the line.
However, is it enough to provide the bare minimum? A safe environment doesn’t necessarily just mean there are no health hazards lying around.
It also means that people feel like they can speak up when they want to. And, that they don’t feel like they are being victimized by you or their colleagues.
Do whatever you can to promote equality and positivity, and you will reap the rewards with a better workforce.
When you are a small business owner, it can be tough to let go of things. However, that’s exactly what you should be doing from the very second you start hiring.
It doesn’t matter what job title you give someone, if they don’t have any responsibilities, they will feel pushed aside. So, learn to delegate tasks and let people get on with their jobs.
Try not to micromanage – unless it is necessary. Yes, it’s your business, and you want things done your way. But you should be open enough to receive ideas of how others perceive it.
You never know, it might just help you becomes the success you dreamed about.
Small firms and businesses have a major disadvantage when it comes to paying wages.
It’s the single most expensive cost that you have, and you just can’t compete in monetary terms with the big players in your industry. However, there are alternatives to money.
We’ve already mentioned training – which can be a big draw. But you could also provide flexible working or extra benefits such as membership of the local gym.
You can also think about offering your employees a small slice of your company. It will give them a sense of ownership, and reward them accordingly.
Hopefully, these small tips will help you identify areas of your business that you can improve.
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