When trying to grow your company and create a business with impact, it’s important that you are aware of the different factors that can contribute to your success. This could include:
- A thorough, flexible business plan.
- Budgeting and expenses.
- Customer satisfaction.
- A strong marketing campaign.
- Employee satisfaction/retention.
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From the above list, employee satisfaction can have a much higher impact on your company’s growth and development than you would initially expect. This is due to the fact that when your employees feel respected and valued in the workplace, they are likely to work harder and more effectively.
With that in mind, here are some tips that you can use to take better care of your employees.
- Retain current staff members, and draw in new employees by providing them with plenty of opportunities for professional growth and development.For example, this could include training programs, assessments like cognitive assessment tests, or even a shadowing/mentorship scheme.
- Improve employee loyalty by ensuring that you view each employee as an individual, as opposed to a tool through which you can earn money. One way in which you can do this is by ensuring that you get to know them and provide them with the appropriate, tailored support as and when they need it.
- Focus on creating a warm and welcoming work environment that boosts creativity and productivity. One way in which you can achieve this goal is by creating a non-judgmental environment, where everybody feels confident to voice their opinions. Embrace the concept that no idea is a bad idea, and you’ll soon notice an improvement in employee performance and productivity.
- Ensure that each employee is fully aware of all of the health and safety guidelines and regulations that exist within your workplace, and provide them with the appropriate support and training where applicable. For example, if your employees are HGV drivers who spend a lot of time on the road, ensure that they are aware of the HGV parking and truck stops along their route where they can rest. Following all guidelines is the easiest way to take care of your employees and avoid accidents or injuries.
- Have an ‘open door’ policy in your workplace, and encourage your employees to reach out should they encounter any problems or have any questions. This is a great way of forging a quality relationship with your employees, which will often help them become better at their job as a result.
- Reward good work. Where possible, provide employees who go above and beyond with the recognition they deserve. This could be in the form of a raise, promotion, or even a simple acknowledgment of their efforts and your appreciation.
- Provide your employees with regular feedback regarding their performance – ensuring that your criticism is constructive as opposed to harsh. This provides them with the insight they need to improve without knocking their confidence – which is a win-win for everyone involved. You can also use this time to set them regular goals and targets – which have also been known to increase productivity.