When you run a business, it can sometimes feel as though your list of responsibilities is endless. You have to keep on top of so many different things, whether that is the day to day running of your office, your marketing campaigns or your accounts. Additionally, you may find that you are also responsible for some staff who you have working for you, as your employees. Even small, homegrown businesses end up needing staff one way or another, and they can significantly expand and improve your company for the better. However, when it comes to staff, it is often a case of ‘you get out what you put in.’ Your business is your baby, and you know it inside out and back to front. The new people you bring on board, however, do not have this previous knowledge or this passion for what you do. Therefore, you need to be willing to start from scratch with them and help to build them up into the employees you need. Even though it may not be written down in black and white, you are also responsible for their office health, their wellbeing, and their job satisfaction. All of these things can be closely related to how well your employees perform their jobs, and therefore how well your business performs too. Read on to find out about you can take better care of your employees to create a safe and happy working environment.
As much as we would all love to simply be able to leave our employees to it and move on, that isn’t always possible. As the head of the company, it is part of your role to clearly outline things to your staff and to help them with it if they are having any problems. Of course, it is also worth bearing in mind that you want to avoid creating a culture of spoon-feeding so to speak. But taking the time to check in with your staff just to make sure everything’s running smoothly can certainly pay off. Consider having a group meeting regularly – maybe every week, depending on your schedule. If you notice that a specific member of staff is, perhaps, falling behind a little, or seems to be struggling, take those matters into your own hands. Arrange a one to one meeting where you offer help and support to your staff member, or you could even provide some mentoring to help them achieve their goals. Of course, if someone is simply not pulling their weight that is an entirely different matter. But some employees do just need a little smoothing out around the edges, and as a boss, you can be the one to do this.
A safe office premises
Nothing shows disregard for employee wellbeing quite like an old, hazardous office. You may initially think that splashing out on a modern office is simply yet another overhead to think about and that it is a waste of money. On this occasion, you are wrong. If your office space is not engineered to be safe for the people who work within it, you could be opening yourself up to a lot of potential issues. The most obvious one is that if your office poses a health risk to your staff (such as a cracked roof or even something like asbestos) you could end up with a lawsuit on your hands if something were to go wrong. Take the time to protect your employees, and you immediately lessen the chances of being caught in a situation like this. Also make sure that your office has basic functions like an elevator, clean toilets and a kitchen area for staff to prepare their food. These kinds of things do not go unnoticed.
Promoting a work/life balance
Grinding your employees into the ground might seem like the only way for you to get results, but actually, this can lead to a pretty miserable existence for all parties. Sure, your staff are there to get the job done – but it is also up to you to help promote office morale and good office relationship. Place emphasis on the importance of the lunch break and encourage your staff to head outside for a walk, if they have the time. Even buying a couch and a couple of bean bags for staff to recline on during lunch can make a huge difference to how well-rested and cared for your team feel. Do things together outside of work, even if it’s only occasionally. Work/life balance is more important than ever in the workplace, and as the leader, it’s up to you to set the example.
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