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Becoming a boss can be a daunting prospect. You might have just come from an employee position yourself, and find the thought of leading employees in their job roles terrifying. While you want to get the most from your employees and help them be as productive as possible, you don’t want to push them until they can’t stand to work for you.

It’s a fine balance between creating an environment where your employees work at their best, and creating one where they can’t be productive at all. Luckily there are ways you can take the pressure off and letting your employees work at their own pace can be a great start to easing yourself into a productive environment. However, it’s going about this that’s the difficult part. Find our tips on how best to let your employees work at their own pace below.

Don’t Micro Manage

The fear of turning into a boss that you would have hated is everyone’s worst nightmare. Keep in mind that although you might need a task completed to a specific deadline, you shouldn’t chase it up every two seconds.

Avoid micro managing by setting times to speak with your employees when it’s convenient for both of you. This gives you a chance to communicate rather than letting you explain how to complete the task and essentially doing it for them.

Realistic Targets

Although you want employees to feel comfortable to work at their own place, no one wants to be made a doormat of. You’re not paying your employees to take advantage of your kindness, and that should show.

Setting targets is a necessary evil of being the boss. However, how you set them determines your relationship with your employees. Rather than enforcing targets that might not seem realistic, communicate – hold a meeting if you have to – and find what time works for you both. Not only will this help productivity, but including employees in these kinds of decisions will also open a line of communication for the future.

Training

Employees appreciate a boss who spends money on them. That doesn’t just mean upping their salary when they ask for a raise. Training courses and schemes can be a great way of keeping staff interested in their roles and progressing within the company, rather than leaving to look for new opportunities.

Whatever the role there’s bound to be a way for them to have training that would enrich their employee experience and help your business grow at the same time.

Flexible Hours

One vital way of letting your employees work at their own pace is to let them be flexible with their hours. Obviously this depends on your line of work. Allowing a shopkeeper to come in outside of store opening hours really isn’t going to work, for example.
 
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However, for office-based roles where your employees can work from home, you should be open to the suggestion of flexible contracts. People know when they work best and for most of us, it’s not during the nine to five working hours. Be understanding and your employees will return the favour with productivity.

Encouragement

The most obvious (and over-used) way of rewarding employees is by offering them incentives. While they’re not the answer to getting your staff to be productive all day every day, they can provide a well-timed boost.

Offer encouragement and an appropriate reward for employees who are performing above and beyond and you’ll be able to expect the same performance from them in the future. Make it clear that you reward effort and not just results – getting the two confused can get gnarly and cause some employees to feel undervalued.

Instant Messaging vs. Email

If you’re working in separate branches or offices, email is a good way to keep lines open. However it is a very formal way of communicating with your fellow employee who you did shots with on the last work’s night out.

The up and coming form of internal communication for businesses is instant messaging. Employees are able to quickly communicate with whoever they need to via an instant messaging app, without having to draft a lengthy email that needs spell checking.

Don’t Keep It in the Office

Boost workforce morale by organising events outside the office. Letting your employees decide when and where can create a sense of responsibility and strengthen their bond of loyalty to the company. They’ll also be able to be productive which will enhance their ability of working at their own pace.  Just make sure they don’t blow your budget!

Do you let your employees work at their own pace? Or are you an employee longing to ask your boss for some flexible working? Get in touch and leave us a comment below!

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Karl Bilby

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