What Makes Your Business a Great Place to Work?
March 27th, 2018
As with every other aspect of small business management, let’s go right ahead and throw the notion of perfection out the window. Being a perfect place to work? Not going to happen!
But building a great team and keeping them motivated, fulfilled, productive and satisfied is a lofty, but reachable goal. The ideal situation is to manage at a 2:1 ratio- two engaged employees for every one who is disengaged.
Strive to make as many people happy as you can, recognizing that you will not make 100% of your employees happy 100% of the time.
That being said, being respected as a great place to work boosts morale, increases productivity and highlights your strengths as a leader to those outside of the company, be it clients, vendors or competitors.
Perfection aside, there are some things that well-liked businesses have in common when it comes to keeping employees satisfied:
- Treat people like grown-ups, with respect and always fairly.
- Take an active interest developing and improving upon employees’ career goals.
- Recognize employees have a life outside of work and maintain boundaries.
- Promote humor and fun in the workplace.
- Clearly define goals and how each employee’s role works towards achieving those goals. Personalize their involvement in the overall company.
Recognize how you as a leader have a direct impact on the workplace. Being a curious, active, well-respected leader engages employees and inspires them- two things that will cultivate a good working environment.
Your attitude affects everyone- curb annoyance and frustration when not in private, and strive to be a more connected and invested leader to each individual whenever necessary.
A rock solid HR team is another trait that the ‘great places to work’ all display. Employees must feel like they have back up, someone in their corner when it comes to those difficult situations.
Other experts recommend using recognition to reward positive performance and valuing ideas over status. These strategies develop a workplace that challenges and inspires employees to be the best versions of them, which in turn, inspires and motivates others.