A business’ workers have the potential to be its greatest asset. Developing loyal, skilled employees with a passion for your company doesn’t happen on its own. It’s an effort that can make a world of difference when it comes to the success and reputation of a company.
Here are some ways you can start investing in what may be your business’ greatest asset, your employees. Read more about managing your employees below.
Always encourage education. Even if you can’t afford to financially support employees who desire a formal education, there still are ways to promote learning. Let employees know about free seminars or trade groups that align with their skills sets. Recommend books that you think would benefit particular employees in their areas of expertise. Finally, support formal education if you are able, even if that means letting employees work flexible hours.
Take the time to spend time with your employees. Make sure it’s not just your managers who feel like you’re invested in them. Devote regular one-on-one time with all of your employees on a regular basis, even if it’s just for a 15-minute coffee break. A small time investment will help them feel valued, and it will give you greater insight into your employee culture and what you can be do to improve employee performance and morale.
Take a turn toward the modern ways. If the nature of your business allows it, consider allowing employees to work remotely. This could be a regular occurrence, such as “Work from Home Fridays,” or something that’s permitted on an as-needed basis. Help design a plan so employees can maintain productivity and collaboration while working remotely.
Try to identify areas of the business that individual employees are highly motivated about, like marketing or customer service, and let employees learn to excel at that part of the business. Have them take responsibility for developing new ways to improve their respective areas, and empower the successful ones by providing support teams and materials. Make sure they set quantifiable goals and their track success. It’s always fun to look back on a track record of hard work and achievement.