Your business couldn’t function without your staff, and that means they are just about the most valuable resource you have. That is why it’s so important that you do everything you can to take care of them.
When you put their well-being first, you not only guarantee better productivity, but you save your business plenty of hassle and money over the long term as it can cost big bucks to recruit and train up a new hire.
With that in mind, check out our suggestions on ways you can take even better care of your employees, below.
How to take better care of your employees
As a worker, there is nothing more frustrating than being micromanaged. Indeed, it can be annoying at best, and at worst, over a long time can leave you questioning your own abilities and confidence.
Proving to your workers that you trust them, and allowing them to get on with their assigned tasks is vital. Of course, it helps to note that micromanaging often comes from a place of anxiety and fear on the part of the person that is doing it. That is why to alleviate this issue a closer look at both the culture of your workplace, and the particular anxieties of the person concerned can also be helpful.
Support career growth
Studies show that employees are much happier when they have the opportunity to develop and progress in their careers. In larger organizations, this tends to be less of an issue because such opportunities accrue frequently. However, this is not the case in smaller businesses.
The good news is there are still options that you can offer your employees in such a situation. The first is providing them with the chance to move horizontally, instead of vertically, perhaps to another department. This then allows them to gain more experience for their CV and provides them with a better chance of being promoted later on.
Training and mentorship are other options that can provide the support workers need to progress in the future.
Provide a safe and clean workplace
Worker safety is also vital when it comes to taking better care of your employees, and in this area talk without action is cheap. If you talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, employees will get a clear idea that you don’t have their health and wellbeing at heart at all.
To that end, educating your staff on how to prevent slip and fall accidents, as well as the proper use of equipment and PPE where necessary is essential. Proper signage and safety measures are also vital. Lastly, regular maintenance and repair of equipment so it doesn’t pose a threat to the safety of your employees as they go about their day.
Offer competitive benefits
Finally, a vital aspect of taking care of your employees is offering them competitive benefits. Yes, this does mean a good rate of pay above minimum wage and compared to the rest of the industry.
Your employees are helping to push your business forward. Without them, it may be challenging or impossible to run the company single-handedly. This is why employee appreciation is crucial to the success of your business.
Appreciation can be in many forms – a special weekend treat, dinners with their families, or customized gifts (like an unique custom printed notebooks). When you take care of your employees, they will treat you well too.
Although, relevant benefits that can add value to the lives of your employees like free childcare, recipe boxes, and gym members can be helpful here too.