(This is a contributed post)
So many bosses make the same mistake, and it concerns their employees. The power can go to your head, and in turn you can treat your employees badly. But don’t believe that you’re going to improve your business by doing this. In fact, you’re likely to make it worse, because your staff will be unmotivated, uninterested, and finally, they just won’t like you. And if they don’t like you, why would they put their all into helping your business succeed? Follow these tips to help improve your business, and life for your employees.
Your employees work on the ground, and they know what the deal is. They spend every day focusing on your business, so rack their brains for ideas and opinions. Ditch the ballpoint pen and invest in a whiteboard, so that ideas are flowing throughout the day and your employees feel that they’re involved in the creative direction of your company. You’ll be missing a trick if you don’t.
The best way to ensure that you’ve tried everything possible when it comes to business success, is making sure that your team is diverse. If you’re always hearing the same opinions over and over again, how are you going to improve your business? Hire people from all walks of life, who have a variety of ideas. It will facilitate better discussions and a lively working environment.
Allowing your employees to work together and experiment will open up a level of creativity that could be stifled if they’re always worrying about failure. You’ll all learn from it if something goes wrong, but you (and your employees) will never learn if you don’t facilitate learning at all. Let them experiment with ideas, and don’t punish them for trying, or your business will be in the same place forever.
Your employees may struggle because your leadership simply isn’t good enough. You need to decide what your values as a business are, and you need to make them clear every day. Don’t let your employees forget what it is that you’re all working for, or they could easily fall into the slog of a directionless company. Don’t let this happen; communicate with them, and make them feel involved.
Believe it or not, your employees won’t be thinking about harnessing their creativity if they’re just thinking about how terrified they are of you. Yes, you have a power over them, because you pay their wages. But don’t exploit this, or your own business will suffer as a result of the lack of creativity your employees are allowed to express. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot, and make strong relationships, not ones based upon fear.
So, there we have it. 5 ways to make higher profits, by inspiring your employees rather than reigning over them, like some terrifying Star Wars figure. Inspire your employees to be creative, make your team diverse, allow them to experiment, and keep your values at the forefront. And definitely, be kind. Good luck!