Once you make the big step to employ people and become an employer in your business, there is no turning back. This is why it is not something to rush into, and you must be sure that you can sustain all the costs associated with hiring people. Of course, for most businesses, they can’t grow without making this first hire, so you will have to ensure it is a risk worth taking.
Even if your business can handle employees, your role as an employer doesn’t stop there. In fact, it’s only just the beginning. There are many tasks you’ll need to take on that relate to your staff, and one of them is ensuring your team is motivated as much as possible (ideally at all times). If they are, they will be more loyal, more productive, and produce a higher standard of work. Here are some ways to make that happen.
Tell Them Your Vision
When you started your business, you will have had a goal in mind. As the business grew, that goal will have stayed with you, perhaps changing a little over time but always remaining clear in your mind. When you think about it, you’ll see that this goal, whatever it might be, is your motivation; it’s what makes you get up and go to work; it’s what makes you work hard and produce high-quality results. Why would it not be the same for your team?
If you let your employees know what your vision is for the business, they will be able to get motivated about the same things you do. They will see and understand your passion, helping them to get excited about achieving positive results. In the most basic terms, they will understand why they are doing what they’re doing. This will all help to keep them motivated.
Training is a great way to keep your team motivated and engaged in what you are asking them to do. Not only will good, regular training show them that you care about their work and their achievements and you want them to do well, but it will also make them feel more loyal towards you, and happier in their work knowing they are completely up to date on everything they need to know. As their confidence grows due to the knowledge they are picking up, their work will improve, and their motivation will increase.
As an extra benefit, when your staff are trained well, it means you won’t have to help them out quite so much, leaving you freer to run your business and grow it, helping you reach your goals much more quickly.
An excellent way to motivate your employees is to reward them for a job well done. There are many different ways to do this, from offering Home Depot coupons to extra vacation days to a financial bonus, and more. What you do in terms of the reward offered will depend on your business and what it can afford, of course.
By rewarding your team when they do particularly well, they will be motivated to continue to work hard because they know their work won’t be unnoticed. They will know there is something tangible they can achieve at the end of their project or when they reach their sales targets. Although it’s not ideal to have your employees work only for the rewards you’re giving them, it is certain