Being the owner of a business is not only about producing much income. It is not only about impressing your clients or gaining respect in the market. Your business would not be that productive if the focus of your agenda is only about how you can increase your sales or promote your services. There is another important aspect that you should also value if you want a successful business venture.
Having skilled and trustworthy employees is necessary for a company. The labor force is what makes everything happen. Without workers, no matter how large your capital is or good your strategies are, you cannot set a business up. Therefore, every employer should ensure that he gets the right people who can work for him and execute all his business plans.
Moreover, it is not enough that bosses set aside a budget for their employees’ salary and benefits. Yes, income is important for workers and that is actually the reason why they work. However, no matter how big their salary in a company is, if they cannot feel their value or sense of fulfillment in their position, they would still quit from the job—and your business is left hanging.
As an employer, if you want to keep your team productive and long-lasting, you should know the needs of your workers. Meeting these needs is the secret on having an effective work force in your organization.
You need happy and healthy workers
One of the culprits why workers become unproductive in their job is when they are stressed and worn out in what they do. This will lead to their loss of enthusiasm and even become sickly, and factors like these can greatly affect your business. Of course, you would not want an employee who is always absent because of a regular hospital visit, do you?
How can you keep your workers healthy and productive then? Here are some tips that will help you make your team effective and fulfilling:
1. Make sure they are not overloaded
As what was stated above, when your workers are stressed and worn out in their jobs, they become unproductive. A stressful work usually comes from piles of workloads that one cannot handle in an 8-hour work time without being drained. Therefore, this is one area that you need to check out.
So that your employees will not get too much stress from the overwhelming pressure of their work, what you need to do is make sure that all the work is distributed equally among the employees. See to it that the job description for each worker is fairly enough according to what an average person can bear.
Furthermore, do not hesitate to get more employees if you see that the workload is still too much for your current number of workers. Yes, it means more budget allotment, but if you want to be practical this is better than to have an irregular workforce due to many quitting from their job because they cannot handle the pressure. Also, this will guarantee more on time work completion because more hands working could mean fewer delays.
2. Have a pro-health and relaxing office
If you would notice some of the biggest companies in the world, such as Google and Facebook, they have unusual office set-up. Instead of having that all corporate and formal working environment, they have an office that has features that do encourage relaxation and recreation. They got quarters where their employees can rest, relaxing coffee shops, gyms where they can work out, and others. All in all, they make sure that their office can allow their workers to release their stress and have fun.
Well, you do not have to make your office as luxurious as those big companies. You can keep yours simple yet still employee friendly. At least it should help lessen the pressures that your employees receive from their work. For instance, paint your office with cool colors such as green or blue. See to it also that your rest rooms are clean and refreshing. Also, have comfortable living room where they can have their break. You can also have an office kitchen where they can cook or brew coffee—and you may provide them a regular supply of instant coffee at the least.
3. Give reinforcement
There is no better motivation for a person than reinforcement. Therefore, if you want a motivated team of workers, you can use this strategy.
For instance, you can give incentives for every sale they make. You can also have freebies every now and then, like t-shirts or gift certificates. Why not have monthly awards, such as employee of the month, so that everyone will work with excellence? You should also give salary increase and promotions, especially to those who deserve.
Once your employees have something to look forward, they will be more inspired to do their best in their job.
4. Have a break from work
If in every week your workers are living 6 days of their lives for your business and just one day to recover from all the stress—which is not enough actually—they will be bored and tired of their lives. Therefore, why not allow them to relax and have fun sometimes?
It will help if once in a while you will organize a day out for your employees. Why not have an outing or date for all once a month? It does not have to be grand or all-expense paid for them. It can just be a simple one like going out for a dinner altogether or going to the nearest beach resort. You can also just throw a party in the office like every pay day.
Giving your employees a time to have fun with each other is also beneficial for your office. It creates a good relationship among them and even serves as a team-building opportunity.
For your business to be successful, you should not only think about what you can gain from it. You must share your blessings with the people who are working for and around you too. You do this by considering their needs and allowing them to be happy of what they do. Through this way, they will be more loyal to you and they will be more eager to work well for your company.