What Business Owners Need to Know About Employees
Employees are the core of your business. They are essential for the operation of your business on a daily basis. In fact, there is a direct relationship between the success of the business and the performance of the employees.
In this post we will look at some basic practices that can help your business not only grow, but thrive. What we will consider has much to do with your perspective of employees.
How To View Employees
Viewing the employees of your company in a particular way helps employees communicate. As a result, your business grows and gains success. This is a product of good communication. If you view employees as valuable resources it can help you tap into information that you might otherwise overlook. So it is all about communication.
In order to communicate better there are some basic practices you can adopt regarding the “feedback loop”. By keeping these things in mind, you will encourage good communication within your company and as a result of communication your employees will understand you, and you them.
First, although the employees of your establishment may perform extremely efficiently and respond quickly to your needs, they are people with feelings. It can be easy to overlook this fact when challenges arise and we need to have things operate a particular way. Hectic situations press us for time, and we begin to lose sight of this truth: employees are people, not machines. A good rule to remember is that treating employees the way we want to be treated will yield good results on a regular basis.
Second, viewing employees as capable and giving them the ability to make decisions and suggestions cultivates a sense of control. The results of this can be very beneficial. When employees feel that their contributions are welcome, they are motivated to make suggestions or express ideas that can ultimately benefit the company in various ways. When employees feel they are in control of the work they do, they feel more motivated to do better. Sometimes, simply getting feedback from employees can do much to encourage communication.
What Not to Believe About Your Employees
It is important to understand that your staff produces to a degree that reflects their ability. Their understanding of what is needed and expected from them is key. Therefore, communication is essential. Employees are successful when they know what the task entails. Additionally, good trained is the recipe for success. Employees perform best with knowledge about both the task and the skills needed to accomplish it.
How does a fabrication shop set its staff (and by extension, itself) up for success? By resisting the temptation to buy into some common misconceptions that can hinder the development of its employees. Let’s take a brief look some of these misconceptions. As we consider these wrong beliefs, we will explain what consequences these misconceptions can have.
The first thing to keep in mind is that staff members cannot read minds. We talked earlier in this post about giving your employees the ability to communicate with you. The same is true in reverse. Communication with our employees is imperative. Supervisors and owners reap benefits by effectively communicating the task to be done. First, it instills confidence in the employee. Next, the confidence encourages the employee to take action to move toward the task’s completion.
Another thing that can hinder the progress of the company is by thinking that workers cannot do certain tasks. This misconception can cause unnecessary limitations to the business. The reality is that there is always someone that can do something that you do, only better. The key is to find employees’ strengths and allow them to use those strengths to benefit the company.
As a shop supervisor or owner, the practice of handing off certain tasks and giving workers ‘ownership’ of them can reduce the amount of time and effort you must put in to running the business. As mentioned earlier in the article, staff members that feel confident in what they are contributing are more likely to produce.
How to Find Effective Staff Members
You may be thinking, “workers like that are nonexistent!” The truth is though that employers teach people to do certain tasks effectively. Training a person on the tasks to be done and on the basic focus of the company provides a sense of direction and belonging. And if you find a person with a certain knack for a particular skill, training only enhances it to a greater degree.
So the goal then during the hiring process is to look for how the person can be taught to fill a need the company has. Everybody has some skill that can be honed, the trick is to identify and nourish it in such a way that it benefits the company.
So the most important thing to keep in your fabrication is keep the proper view of the employees and yourself. Then communicate with employees and afford them opportunities to express themselves. By means of communication, you will develop the staff that you currently have and even find new ones. Better yet, the workers you find will possess the abilities needed in your business.