Employee management can feel like just another task on top of all the other demands of a growing small business, but when done right, it can actually unlock an enormous amount of human potential.
Managing employees can be hard, it’s one of the biggest things you can struggle with as small business owners.
Once you’ve created a structure around what’s expected, your employees are empowered to perform at their best within those boundaries and you get to step away and focus your time on other things.
Here are ways in which you can manage your employees successfully as a business owner:
Lead with Your Behavior
Modeling consistency and integrity will gain the respect of your team and give them a clear picture of how they can win your respect.
Employees look to their leaders for cues on how to think and act in their jobs. Strive to project the behaviors you want to see in your staff and try to be consistent.
Employees are quick to notice when management doesn’t act consistently, or when they fail to hold themselves to the same standards as their subordinates.
Nothing demoralizes employees more quickly than seeing senior leaders act in a way they don’t respect, and few things energize employees more than a senior team they admire.
Build People Up
The skills with which your employees come to you are a starting point, not an endpoint. You can get more out of your team by involving them in the big-picture goals of the company.
When you speak to the height of your employees’ abilities and reward them for reaching, you encourage them to develop themselves in line with the company’s needs and access untapped, perhaps unseen human potential.
Create a Strong Workplace Culture
When it comes to managing employees, your best bet for attracting top-quality applicants, retaining great employees and for improving productivity is to continually develop a strong workplace culture.
This requires a combination of the previous two suggestions but should also be backed up by other efforts, both in terms of tangible perks and interpersonal and community recognition.
Before your employee management approach can be effective, it must be consistent, You must reward the same positive behaviors every time they appear, discourage the same negative behaviors when they appear and treat every member of your team with an equal, level-headed view.