Your staff is the key to the success or failure of your business. In part, making sure they’re fulfilling the potential they have is about getting the right people. But it goes beyond that. What a person can do is largely shaped by the world around them.
As you play a big role in shaping the world around your employees, that means you have a big impact on just how much they can do for you. Here, we’re going to look at how you make that world around them in the best shape possible.
So much of what we do is influenced by the place that we do it in. Look at the space you and your employees share? Is it enough? Does it offer enough space and space that’s diverse enough to fit all their needs? If not, consider looking at a real estate franchise and finding office space that does more.
It’s not just about the amount of space there, either. It’s about how you use it. It’s about giving spaces for private work and communal work as needed. It’s about letting in more light and using desks and chairs that actually support them. Keeping them comfortable and happy makes it all the easier for them to love their job. Cramped furniture and spaces damages motivation as well as causing potential health problems for them down the line.
The right spirit
The environment is going to have an effect on their mentality in tackling work. But so will your management style. One of the things you need to learn about employees is just how much of an effect you have on their motivation and efforts. Communication is going to be a key factor in how you do that.
You can help them get more motivated by communicating key performance indicators. Develop a shared language of goals with them and help them achieve it. Get them more engaged in their job by asking for their opinion more. Invite them to team meetings and ask them to think of topics to bring up in it.
The right tools
It’s not all about making them happier in their job, either. It’s also about making their job easier to do for them. Low productivity is just as often in the fault of the system as it is in the employees carrying out the tasks. The right selection of apps can make it a lot easier for them to get more done.
For example, project management software enables better communication when cooperating. If there’s a problem holding the project up, everyone can see it and work towards a solution. Similarly, there’s a lot of automating software that helps your accounting and HR staff get tedious tasks out of the way. Help them shape their role into something that lets them work smarter with the right tools.
Physically and mentally, there’s a lot you can do to make it easier for your employees to excel. When they excel, the business excels. Don’t neglect them or their environment.