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Putting your employee's needs first is one of the fastest ways to grow your small business. This is because when employees feel respected and valued, they are more engaged, and “engaged employees show increased productivity as well as a far lower rate of absenteeism from work”.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to take better care of your employees – therefore creating a happier, more focused workplace.
Hybrid working (giving employees the flexibility to work from the office or from home) was popularised during the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean it should be disregarded now that things are back to normal. In fact, many companies have since noticed the benefits of this working model, as it:
As a result, those looking to keep a smile on their employee's faces should make Hybrid Working part of their business model. Of course, this may require some investment. For example, you could look into remote solutions and software that help you to maintain high levels of employee engagement and communication, whether they’re joining you in the office or from their sofa.
In order to keep your employees happy, you must be good at managing your employees. This is because bad management leads to:
As you result, you should keep an eye out for ways in which you can become a better manager. For example, you could sign up for managerial advancement courses that help you to develop new skills. You should also ask your team for feedback on areas in which you could improve.
Another way in which you can begin to take better care o your employees is by investing in their well-being. That is, showing an interest in them on a personal level, as opposed to only thinking of what they can do for your company. Doing so will improve your relationship with them, while also helping reduce workplace stress and anxiety.
To achieve this goal, you should curate a unique employee wellness program. This could include:
You should also make it clear that you are looking to create a collaborative environment – not a competitive one. This means that your team are never in direct competition with each other, and is instead working toward shared goals. This ethos will create the kind of environment where employees can thrive. On a similar thread, you should also make it clear that you’re always ready to listen should an employee need help or support. For example, your employees should not be scared to approach you with queries or even a request for time off.
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