One of the most valuable resources available to any business is the people that work inside it. Managed poorly, they can be the weight that sinks the whole ship. But taken care of properly, they can be developed into an invaluable team. But taking care of them takes some work. You need to make their workplace safe and healthy for them. You need to invest time and perhaps money to develop them. You need the environment and workplace culture to keep them motivated and productive. Being an excellent manager of people isn’t easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding if you do it right.
Train more than just skills
Your employees are a huge part of corporate culture. If you want your culture to be professional, reliable and sharp, then your employees need to embody that. This is why you should teach them more than just the skills they need to do their job. Take the time to brief them on things like punctuality, service and professionalism. Help build their character, not just their CV. This benefits all of you.
Keep health and safety in mind
Nothing damages company cohesion like worker’s compensation. Few things are as necessary for respect in the workplace as safety. Take the time to make sure your employees understand the office safety rules. Emphasize their well-being and give them the tool to help them with it. A fire extinguisher training course. Briefings on slips, trips and falls. Keeping healthy lunch options available. These are the kinds of things you can do to build a good grasp of health and safety in the workplace.
Make every one diverse in themselves
Some workers like being pigeonholed in a job. Being ‘the guy’ or ‘the girl’ for that particular job. But most career minded people want development. They want skills and experience that will help them grow on their own path. You can help them get them, too. Training can be offered in a wide manner of ways. You can pay for courses to get them certified with certain skills. You can just easily have them trained for a diverse range of tasks in the office.
Give them the right environment
The office itself plays a hugely important role in how productive and motivated people can be. We all know that being shut off in tiny cubicles is no place to flourish. But you also need to make sure people aren’t distracted from their work by outside noise. Providing a place where people can engage in creative thought is good, but at the same time, people like their own space. Think of how you can utilize your space better to provide a great work environment.
Perhaps most importantly, the need people to show responsibility. Not only does it take the weight off your shoulders. Good delegation can show a level of trust in your employees that can help motivate them. It also helps them understand the role they play in the business as a whole. Good delegation is a key to successful managing.