Clarity – Seeing the Bigger Picture For Your Business
In your business, just as in your everyday life, it’s important to set some kind of clear intentions or parameters for you to achieve, and perhaps set them for the people that you are responsible for. What is very clear is to make clear what you expect from employees in both their work production and behavior on the job but most especially, their work ethic.
Okay, isn’t this business 101? Who wouldn’t know this? Even a well-seasoned entrepreneur or established business can experience some disruptive behavior from employees ,that they could never have anticipated. Well, time changes and so do the thought processes of many people in the world.
No matter what generational perspective you may have, people can make assumptions about what they expect in other people’s behavior and their work ethic. You simply expect them to know how to behave themselves in a work environment, whether it’s to get a certain amount of production done in a day or week or how they conduct themselves with co-workers or management. As can often be the case, you may find yourself expending a lot of energy monitoring your employees, due to disruptive behavior, distracting yourself from your own personal productive goals. Or you may feel that you are micro managing or nit picking about the certain ways that your employees are conducting business.
Refresh Your Thinking
You may find that the old fashioned way of managing your business and your employees doesn’t seem to work within the time honored parameters that you or your predecessors have set. It may help to rethink what it is that you really would like to see happening with your business and the type of employees that you would like to have alongside you to achieve your goals and a more harmonious work environment.
Don’t bring those old standard interview questions out of mothballs from the last fifty years. Whether recruiting or finding a way to deal with the current employees, times are so different and so are the people who may have what you’re looking for. You’ll have to do a lot of introspection about the kind of employees that you want to surround yourself with and retain. Taking more time to learn about who they are can make a difference in the kind of atmosphere that you are seeking.
It’s here to stay and it’s a great tool to use to recruit employees. You’ll definitely reach a lot of people when sending a notice out about a new position but it’s a good opportunity to gather information about the person you may want on your team. Those profiles that people post on their social media pages can really give you a good perspective on who that person is.
And More Questions
With your current team members, it’s a good strategy to find out what excites or drives them about the business, even life, in order to retain them. What makes them “tick.” Of course an employee’s or potential employee’s skills play a vital role in your decision to give a raise or hire them, but take the extra time to ask some pertinent questions. Discuss their role. Give clear details of what it entails, what you expect of them. It’s not enough to just hand over a sheet of paper with a job description on it. The information that you need to build the team that you desire depends on listening carefully to each answer.
This step can be lacking in some businesses but it’s very important in making sure that a new team member is familiar with what is expected of them. It definitely gives a new employee the chance to “learn the ropes” from a coworker, without having to scramble to learn on their own. It goes a long way to making the employee feel comfortable with the team.
Frequently monitoring an employee’s progress is not micro managing or nit picking. If done in a manner that shows support and a desire for the person to succeed, it won’t be taken negatively. This also helps to quickly address any concerns that come up that you may feel are counter to what you would like to see in the workplace. Quickly addressing things that you determine as problems, could potentially be rectified before they get out of hand.
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