As a business owner, a lot of your concentration is tied up on sales, profits and clients. However, creating a good working environment for your employees is just as important. Paying attention to this is always good for office morale and staff retention. So what can you do to make yourself better as a business leader?
Remember to delegate
Your business is your baby and it’s sometimes hard to let other people take over. However, it’s important that you know how to delegate because if you don’t you run the risk of souring the mood in the office. You’ll also be overworking yourself. Micromanaging is also something that fosters a feeling of mistrust and uncertainty. Let them get on with whatever you hired them for.
It doesn’t have to be something massive like free cars or huge bonuses for workers. Even something as small as free lunch Mondays or early finish Fridays can go a long way in making workers feel valued and creating a better environment to work in.
Introduce flexible working
There’s a lot to be said about getting the best work-life balance. More and more companies nowadays are taking note and seeing how they can improve this for their employees.
Employers now have to consider requests for flexible working seriously. It may be difficult for some types of companies but if you can introduce flexible working schedules or working from home then this is going to lead to happier, less stressed employees. This usually leads to an increase in productivity and is therefore good for your business anyway.
Ask for employees’ input
Your employees probably have tons of ideas about the best way to take the business and each department. So listen to what they have to say and show them that you value their opinion. They might be seeing things you’re not. You don’t have to make all the decisions.
Remember to give praise
Just because someone’s doing the job they’re paid to doesn’t mean you shouldn’t thank them or say well done when they do something good for the company. It’s a simple thing but can do a lot to boost the mood and motivation of your employees.
Do you have any more tips? What’s the most important way you can help your employees? Let us know your thoughts.
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