This is a contributor’s blogpost …
When you’re in business, you want to ensure that everything flows as smoothly as possible. This isn’t just in one sector. Everything truly does mean everything, from your employees entering the office to get to their job to each transaction with a customer. Not only does it make your life easier, but it means good things for your profit, too – when somebody is invested in a business. Sometimes, it’s not that the bumps in the road affecting the smoothness are coming from within the company. It’s often that they’re coming from above, from you. These mistakes trickle down and start affecting people from the off. Wonder what they are and how to prevent them? Read on…
Not Setting Boundaries
There are certain ways to set boundaries in the workplace, most of which should be stuck to by both you and those who are under your employment. If you have a hard time following the rules, then so will they. you are in a position where you should be leading by example. There is a lot to be picked up on from something as simple as your body language and tone of voice, so try to set a good role. Small things like getting your employee handbook right the first time so that anything you have missed out is becoming apparent to you. This is something that is crucial to get things working the way that they should. And yes, it is recommended that you produce an employee handbook – every workplace should have one so that the people working there know exactly what’s expected from them, and also what they should expect from you in return. Getting everybody singing from the same page will save you from a lot of hassle in the long run. Not only will it prevent little mistakes happening, but the conduct of your staff should be progressing in such a way as not to waste any of your or the company’s time – which we all know translates straight into money.
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A Lack Of Respect
You have to give respect to receive it – or at least that’s how the old adage goes. In reality, it’s true that there is a level of mutual respect that you and your employees have to work upon. If this respect is broken either way, it’s a sign of trouble within your business. Employees who don’t respect who they are working for will become despondent, unmotivated and uncaring about their role. Put yourself in their shoes. Would you really want to give your all to somebody who makes you feel like they don’t value your worth? It’s an awful position to be in for both staff and boss. A lack of work ethic within your force means that you won’t get jobs done in the time that you have allocated – or if they are, they will not be done to a high standard as expected. It’s something that can really affect the mood of the whole place, and it needs to be sorted as soon as possible. If you don’t think that you have been disrespectful but the attitudes are still the same, you need to look further into it. There is such a thing as a lazy staff, but you need to cut out all other possibilities before you start pointing the finger. Remember that when you point the finger at somebody, there are three pointing back at you.
Being Impartial On The Matters That Count
It’s never good to be impartial in business. It gets you absolutely nowhere. You need to have a set mindset on matters, and this is transferable to your staff also. If somebody comes to you with a problem, whether personal or work-related, it will do no good for you to sit and shrug your shoulders and claim that you don’t know what the answer is. Even worse is asking your staff to work it out for themselves. There are certain things that you just can’t sit on the fence with. Imagine how far your business would have progressed if you were impartial to everything that comes along; stock, finances, what time you turned up to work. Not only does it show a lack of care to staff who are coming to you for a well-rounded opinion and guidance, but personally speaking, you have a duty to make a decision for the sake of your employees and your staff alike. It’s this forward thinking which will save you on future costs across the board.