Building a business is hard work but having the right team to back you up can make it a lot easier. But how do you find and retain the top talent you need in order for your business to thrive with greater ease? Aside from compensation, location and a plethora of other factors, leadership and the company culture you create can make a huge difference in the types of employees that decide to join your team.
After over 23 years of working with large corporations and small business owners, here are the top three tips I want to give you transform your business through leadership.
Let your employees know their thoughts are valuable by setting aside time to hearing them out. If you have any especially quiet team members, try directly asking them for their opinions. Stay open to innovative ideas – just because something hasn’t worked in the past doesn’t mean it’s not a possibility in the present. And – whatever you do – don’t immediately reject whatever your workers have had the courage to share with you. Empowerment should be your endgame!
This tip should almost go without saying. Your team is going to work harder and more efficiently with an incentive system in place – if you can’t afford bonuses, recognition will do the trick. Take a couple of minutes out of your staff meeting to address their accomplishments. You could also try letting them leave work early or come in late. This will show everyone in your office that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.
If your employees spend the majority of the workday at their desks, they might become a little lethargic. Try mixing up their routine with a few fun, no-planning-needed activities. Encourage them to decorate their cubicles with photographs. If you’re willing to do a little more work, try organizing a team retreat, and you can be sure to see the pay-off in their forthcoming projects.