Small business owners have a huge advantage over large businesses. They have the advantage of having more opportunity to work closely with their employees. This gives small business owners a chance to build strong relationships with their employees and increase employee productivity significantly. But in order to do that, you must know what your employees are capable of, what progress they need to make, and how to motivate them to do so. With these tips, you can motivate any employee to perform their absolute best in your company…
1. Maintain a comfortable environment for your employees. An employee will be much more comfortable in a workplace that has good working conditions, fringe benefits, adequate pay, and order and structure. If you want an employee to perform their best work, they must be able to come in to work everyday knowing that there are rules and regulations in place, and decent compensation for the time and effort they put in. These things are all about employee support. These are the things that makes an employee want to stay right where they are instead of looking for other companies to work for.
2. Have good relationships with your employees. Having good relationships with your employees doesn’t mean you have to be their best friend, but it does mean that they should trust you and be willing to come to you when they need anything. Your employees should feel as though you are genuinely a good person, and that you sincerely want them to succeed. You should also be understanding of your employees life circumstances. Sometimes this may put you in a position where you will have to show some flexibility with their schedule. This doesn’t mean that you should allow your employees to come in to work late everyday, but this does mean that you may have to show some leniency toward your employees every now and then, especially employees that have young children. Again, it’s all about showing your employees that you are on their team and that you will support them in whatever way you can.
3. Put employees in the right position. There should be a clear match between the employee and the work that they are doing. One mistake that some employers make is when an employee is not performing the job well, the employer may assume that the employee has to be terminated, when in some cases the employee just simply needs to be moved to another position that they will be good in. Take a close look at each employee’s skills and make sure they are in a position that will be best for them. This is a great way to make great use of all your employees’ strong points, and the company will definitely benefit.
4. There should be opportunities for promotion. You may have a couple of outstanding employees that deserve promotions, so you definitely will want a couple of positions for these employees to fill. However, the employees that may not be outstanding performers may want to improve their performance to get into these positions. Opportunities for promotions are a great motivator for your employees. It’s good for them to know that they can reach great heights as long as their willing to put in the work.
Obviously, the best way to keep employees motivated is to keep them happy. When an employee feels that they are working for a good company and working with good people, they naturally feel inclined to “give back” to the company. With these tips, just about any employer can help their employees feel like their job is a second home, and their co-workers a second family.