Whether you own your own business or manage a team of individuals, it’s in your best interest to consider your employees’ best interests. Not only because looking out for your employees can foster loyalty and encourage greater productivity, but also because through this process, you’re likely to find that your employees learn and grow. And this growth can reap many rewards for your organization. It’s also nice to help others!
How can you help as an employer or manager? There’s no shortage of things that you can do, actually. Simple things like fair compensation and benefits packages can go a long way. Money isn’t everything, but it does matter. That being said, one of the best things that you can do to bolster an employee’s success is participate in his or her career – don’t merely spectate. Take an active role in your employees’ professional development, and their chances of success can be greatly improved.
Consider the following tips and recommendations. You may just find that you and your team both benefit.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Open and honest communication in the workplace is vital if you hope to succeed as a business. Whether such practice means keeping employees informed of potential hurdles coming down the road, or requires listening to your employees’ criticisms in order to effectuate positive change, having an open dialogue with your workers can engender trust on their behalf. Beyond that, it can also foster a sense of confidence and assuredness in your employees, allowing them to put their best foot forward and produce higher-quality work.
Facilitate Growth and Improvement
We all learn on the job. However, some of us learn more than others because we have mentors and teachers guiding us along on a path to success. If you want your employees to succeed, guide them. The role that you take may differ from employee to employee; in some cases, merely giving a new hire a reasonable amount of time to learn departmental processes and best practices can be fruitful. Have reasonable expectations but perhaps more importantly, let your employees know what your expectations are. This will provide them with keen insight into their responsibilities.
Equip Employees for Success
When it comes to helping your employees grow in their roles, there are philosophical concerns – and then there are pragmatic considerations. Are you providing your employees with the tools they need to succeed? And by this, we mean actual tools, not conceptual ones. It is important to recognize that today’s employees work differently than ever before – they are decentralized, always on the go, and always connected. Don’t burden them by forcing them to utilize legacy systems. Providing mobile technology (like tablets with free 4G LTE) and wireless service can help employees stay connected around the clock, and maintaining up-to-date software and hardware systems can help ensure your employees work efficiently and effectively.
Provide Employees with Opportunities
You’ve heard the saying, “It’s all about who you know.” It’s mostly true. A highly qualified and talented individual can find him or herself languishing in a static career if there are no opportunities for advancement. As an employer or project manager, it’s important to realize that in order to get the most out of your employees, sometimes it means letting them do things that they weren’t hired for. Though it may seem counter-intuitive to lose your best hired gun, think of the benefits you can reap if you suddenly place this person in a managerial role where he or she can recruit and vet new hires. You may suddenly find your organization with a whole posse of hired guns.
Be a Mentor, Not a “Boss”
If you want your business or department to succeed, you must create an environment that will enable your employees to succeed as well. Remember, a business is only as strong as the employees that make up its ranks; take on a mentorship role within your organization, and you can built a team of skilled, loyal, and determined workers. Ultimately, happy employees are good employees.