Give Your Company Every Advantage
Just about anyone can get a company off the ground. However, keeping that company in business, and attracting intelligent, dedicated professionals to work for you is often very difficult. Many people become too consumed with their bottom line. They aren’t necessarily worried about their working environment, which is disappointing.
If you want your company to be a place that people look forward to going to every day, you have to stop focusing entirely on sales. Obviously, how much money you make is important. But there are other things that factor into success, and it is important to take that into account. Here’s what you can do to create a company that will make a lasting mark on the world.
Support A Cause
More and more people are doing this these days. If you want great people to work for you, you need to show that you are a great person as well. Try and make a positive impact on the world through your business. Like minded professionals will then come to your company, intent on working for you because they see that you share a common goal with them. For example, there are businesses that donate a percentage of their sales to a cause that they believe in. There are others that donate product that can be useful, like shoes or glasses.
Many people are concerned about leaving the world a better place than they found it. Working for a company that has those same ideals is very attractive. Therefore, this is one way you can get dedicated, responsible people on your team.
Provide Opportunities For Growth
When people are thinking about which company they want to work for, they look into whether or not the position will allow them to achieve their professional goals. As your company grows, your employees should be able to grow as well. If you aren’t sure what you can offer with respect to this, provide something else that is attractive to your employees in the short term. For example, allow them some independence in their position to do the things that they know are best. Give them a voice so that their ideas and thoughts can be heard and possibly implemented. Make sure you show them that they are a valued member of your team. It is these things that often matter more than a slighter higher salary or job title.
Don’t Rest On Your Laurels
Even if you are the boss, it is important to get your hands a little dirty. If you expect your employees to carry out a task, you should be able to carry out that same task yourself. Do not simply shout out orders at your employees; this is a sure fire way to build resentment. If your employee needs help learning a task, show him or her how it is done. Demonstrate that you aren’t “too good” to handle the work that you expect them to do. Be kind, be compassionate, and be understanding. You will be seen as a great boss as a result.
Be Open to New Ideas
Many companies don’t want to hear from their employees. There are only a select group of people that they want to get advice from. However, it is important to remember that regardless of their position in the company, all of your employees have something valuable to offer. You never know where the next great idea can come from. In addition, since your employees are usually the ones that deal directly with the customer, they generally have valuable insight into what they are thinking and doing. Encourage the sharing of ideas for everyone. This will make your employees feel like they contributed and creates a stronger bond with the company. Make sure you don’t miss out on anything by being standoffish with the people that work for you. You don’t have to implement anyone’s idea if you don’t want to, but at least be receptive to them.
Show Your Employees That You Value Them
Many employees simply want to be respected. The stories about bad bosses are far too commonplace. Many bosses use a sharp tone when speaking to their employees. They don’t have any patience and they don’t try and get to know the people that are working for them. No one really wants to be in that type of environment. If you respect those around you, it will go a long way toward creating a positive working environment. Have conversations with your employees. Show that that you are interested in them and that you care about what happens to them. Cultivate relationships. The better you treat employees, the more this will reflect on how they come across to your clients.
Of course, you want your company to make money. However, that should not be your only goal.
There is more to life than simply turning a profit.
Use your business for good; try to leave the world a better place by creating something lasting and positive. The first way to do that is to focus on the type of working environment you have. Be a good role model. Show people that you care. You will ultimately wind up with a team of dedicated professionals that enjoys what they do and wants to work hard for you day in and day out.