Staff are one of the most valuable assets a business can have. Some of my staff have been with me for the full 6 years that the business has been running, which is something I am really proud of and pleased about. It’s great to have such a strong team.
Of course, there are times we all look at our jobs and consider moving to another employer. As an employer, I have found it crucial to keep in touch with my staff. We all deserve recognition and thanks for what we do but equally it’s good to be challenged and treated with honesty and respect.
I try to constantly appraise my staff, and look for ways I can strengthen their position on the team. I like to make sure they are all trained to fulfill their position and keep on top of training. We have regular opportunities to attend training courses, we also have in house training from various third parties. Training and development are key to feeling strong in your position at work.
Working conditions are also very important. Broken unreliable equipment, tools and machinery may be fine for a short time, but long term these affect staff morale, distract and dishearten staff. Faulty equipment is also inefficient for work, jobs can take longer and this has a financial impact as well. I am not saying throw your money at this but a gradual repair/replacement of equipment is a good habit.
Salary is always a main motivator – and also de-motivator – for many staff. I think it’s important to be competitive and consistent. Being able to discuss your salary choices with staff but also listen to their opinions will help make everyone at ease with their salary.
Lots of businesses use bonuses to reward staff, which can be a lovely surprise or a way of rewarding certain performance targets. Bonuses are tax deductible, and also being cash are flexible for the recipient to use as they wish.
Staff bonding is great for the team. We work together day in and day out but quality time together is also a nice way to bond the team. I enjoy day trips out, meals or activities such as fun runs with my staff.
No one is irreplaceable and sometimes it is best to part company and move on. However, one thing I try to always remember is that it’s a lot easier to keep a staff member than have to find a new one. So working hard together is worth it!