As an employer, whether you have a team of 10 or 1,000, it’s essential to take steps to get the best out of your employees. If your team works for you, the chance of your business being successful will be much greater. If you’re keen to let your stars shine, here are some hacks to help you get the best performance out of your team.
Setting clear goals
Setting goals is a tried and tested method to increase productivity and motivation. If you have targets you want to hit, it’s important to ensure that everyone knows what they are, and how you can about achieving them as a collective. If there’s confusion, this could delay the process or even prevent you from reaching that goal. If you’ve got sales targets, for example, organize a meeting to discuss them, send out an email memo, and encourage people to come to you or contact their line manager if they have any questions or queries. If you’re on the same page, you’ll get jobs done faster.
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Making life easier
A day at work can be tough enough without having to worry about additional tasks or inconveniences that will slow you down and distract you from priority jobs. As an employer, if you can make life more straightforward and improve the efficiency of the way you work, your workforce will enjoy their work more, and you can run a most cost-effective, productive company. Consider running a fleet of vehicles, for example. If your employees have got to pay for fuel and them fill in papers to claim it back, this is going to eat into their working hours and give them additional jobs they’d rather not be doing. To solve this problem, you can consider options like truck fuel cards. Every driver has access to a card, and they can fill up with no hassle whatsoever. Another example is running an office where staff members have to fill in and send off an invoice at the end of the month. If you have a computerized system, which does this for you, you can save your employees time, and ensure everyone gets paid the right amount on time.
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Creating a positive environment
Take yourself out of the role of the boss for a moment, and think about the environment in which your staff members work. Do people look pleased to be there? Is there a sense of partnership and collaboration? Do employees socialize out of work? Is everyone pulling together? Put yourself in the shoes of one of your employees, and think about the kind of environment you would like to spend your time. Health and safety should be your priority, but it’s also a good idea to try and make the working day more fun, encourage teamwork and inject energy and enthusiasm. As the boss, it’s also up to you to foster an environment where everybody feels that they’re able to contribute, share ideas and opinions, and get involved in projects. Try and keep in touch even if you don’t spend much time in the office, and let your employees know that you’re there if they do want to discuss ideas or raise concerns.
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When you see the word incentive in a post about motivating your team, it can be easy to jump to conclusions and assume that there should be a financial reward for hard work. Bonuses are one way of increasing motivation, but they’re certainly not the only option. There are so many different ways you can encourage people to work towards goals, from giving our rewards for employee of the month or paying for a celebratory dinner to showing your staff members you value them by offering them the chance to progress. For many people, career progression is really important, and if you can offer training opportunities or give people a shot at a promotion, this could inspire them to put their all into their job on a daily basis. Making your staff feel valued is also essential. It’s logical to assume that a worker will give more if their boss is grateful for their efforts.
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If you run a company, you’ll have a better chance of success if you have a motivated, driven team around you. As an employer, it’s beneficial to take steps to inspire your workforce, give them the tools they need to do their jobs, and reward hard work and commitment. Encourage collaboration and communication, iron out day to day problems, and be approachable.