[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap]RE YOU STRUGGLING to inspire your employees to give you that little bit extra? Do you look at other companies with envy when you hear about how positive their staff are about them? If so, read on. We’ve put together this list of simple things you can do to start getting the most out of your workforce. Take a look and see if you can use them in your company to improve productivity, engagement, and a whole lot more.
Talk to them
First of all, how well do you understand and know your employees? If you are a faceless boss who is never around or walk by your workforce without acknowledging them, then perhaps you should make a change. Leadership isn’t the same as it used to be, and there is a lot more to it than discipline and expectation. The modern workforce expects a leader who will be inclusive, and take the time to get to know and understand them.
Put the right people in the right job
If you want a more productive workforce, be sure that people are working in jobs that match their skills. If anyone shows an aptitude for sales, then let them sell. You can start this in the interview process – try the Myers Briggs test – and link the right people to the right areas. Watch out for those people in junior positions that show talent, too. If you don’t offer them progression, they will soon run off to a company that will. Which brings us to our next point.
Invest in training
Training your employees should be central to everything you do. A happy workforce needs to know what it is doing and feel competent while they are doing their tasks. Without proper training, you run the risk of losing them to another company. According to statistics, around 40% of people with inferior training leave within a year. That’s going to be expensive regarding your hiring budget, so get it right or your profits will take a hit.
How well does your company operate? Is there a precise definition and pathway from beginning and end of each job? If not, then you are going to run into problems. The best businesses streamline everything they do. It helps staff understand their responsibilities, and breaks up big tasks into more manageable chunks. People like to know what is required – and when they do, they will put in a lot more effort.
Rewarding productivity makes sense for everyone. It shows everyone that improving the way they work and putting a shift in reaps results for everyone. Whether you increase someone’s salary or introduce a bonus system is up to you. The main thing to understand is that rewards encourage hard work – and your employees will respond in a positive way.
OK, so that’s all from us for the moment. If you have any other ideas about how to get more out of your employees, feel free to let us know. Share your ideas in the comments section and get involved in the conversation!