Your Staff Solutions Will Either Hold You Back Or Set You Free
If your ability to come up with staff solutions when you need them the most is not what it should be, your big, small or medium business will be pushing the proverbial barrel up the hill a lot more than it should.
Times are tough, competition is fierce and the need to survive, let alone succeed is just as tough today as it ever has not even tougher.
One of the critical elements that concern every business is its staff.
Your staff, their attitudes, enthusiasm, loyalty and influence on culture will prove to be either a catalyst to your success or a continual thorn in your side that irritates and festers beyond repair.
The finding and keeping of good staff can be the most annoying and stressful part of running a business. Your staff solutions will either hold you back or they may even set you free?
Whilst it is often believed that “paperwork” is the biggest killer of businesses, poor staff and the consequent retention rates are running not far behind
There can be no singular stroke of genius that is going to make finding the staff solutions you need an easy subject to conquer.
How do attributes such as loyalty, enthusiasm, respect and a keenness to learn become the norm and not the priceless commodity it sometimes is?
The answer is time, effort and an unwavering belief in what you are trying to achieve. It requires you the boss to lead by example and be the type of person you want your staff to be.
One of my favourite authors, Stephen Covey who wrote “The Seven Habits Of Highly Successful People” strongly suggests that no external changes can occur until you change yourself.
If loyalty is lacking, show your staff what it means to you, show them how loyal you could be.
Enthusiasm is easy…. Rather than leading with fear as so many now do, turn it around and offer recognition, incentives and support. Take the time to treat workers as individuals and the rewards will be seen for longer than you could imagine.
Respect, as you well know is a 2-way street and I absolutely agree that it has to be earned but the title of boss does not mean you have paid your dues. It means you are the boss.
Assuming you are respected because of your title can be a dangerous game to play.
There may well be a degree of respect that is attached but it is purely one of the ingredients that are needed, just one.
The simple staff solution is to treat people as you would like to be treated and in return you may well experience smiling faces and a shrinking staff turnover.