The best way develop your business is to work smarter, not harder. However, applying this principle is incessantly easier said than done.
Expecting the most out of your staff isn’t enough-they need to expect the most out of themselves. By implementing strategic systems and structures in your business, you can afford them the opportunity to truly excel. If you want to increase productivity in your business, you need your staff to want the same.
Take the time to talk to your staff and find out their commitment to your business. The first step is to find out what they think about your business. Ask about their likes and dislikes, and anything they’d improve on.
Listening to your employees is essential for any owner; it will give you a candid critique of what is working and what is not working in the business. Once you are able to look at your business from an employee’s aspect, you can distinguish matters with full detachment.
After finding out your employee’s assessment of you and your business, you can move the dialogue to a more personal exchange. Ask your employee’s what they can improve on; the majority of the time, they’ll have the same carps as you. By asking, however, you are shifting their perspective, which refocuses the issues from you to them. Your employee will now take responsibility for actions that are unproductive to their business.
From here, you can join forces with your employees to establish goals. Everyone has room to grow, and it is helpful to strategize how to go about progress. Action steps and time frames are a must; you cannot expect results if you don’t provide proper guidelines.
Find out what steps each employee is comfortable with taking, and how long you can expect them to get there. Let your employee’s know that you are there for support, and that their action plan plays a huge part in the success of your business.
By seizing the opportunity to work with your staff, you are allowing your business the prospect of prosperity. Your employee’s will observe how their efforts affect the business as a whole, and ultimately, their bottom line.