What’s key to a good business?

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Is it earning a lot of cash? Are your employees happy? Is your works pace safe and clean? Do you have a goal and a drive to meet it?

There are plenty of keys, so there must be plenty of locks to unlock to open the door to a successful business!

It’s easy to overlook our employees and focus on their happiness. Happy and motivated employees are brilliant for business, but there’s another step to all of this.

It’s time to take a genuine interest in the people who work for you. If not, you’re going to end up in a bad position.

Think about it like this. As an employee would you prefer asinine attempts to improve your happiness in a role you don’t really want to be in, or would you prefer an employer who gets to know you and your interests? Someone who will try to help you build your career and assist you in succeeding in it?

It’s an easy choice.

To start off, it’s time to cancel the pointless morale boosting exercises. It’s high time you treat your staff like people, and not assets. Morale is something you can boost by ensure that the workplace is an excellent place to work in. Start talking to your staff, take a genuine interest in their wellbeing.

It’s also a good idea to know your staff as people. Get to know them behind what they offer to your company. What do they like? What motivates them? Where do they see themselves in five years time? How can you and the company help them?

Asking questions isn’t something that only your employees can do, it’s something you need to do.

So, if you want to get hands-on in helping develop your employees, not only do you need to ask them questions and interview them regularly, you’ll need to handpick the right paths for them in according to their wants. Your staff are going to need training, and it’s going to be an unnecessary expense if you pay for courses that they don’t want to take. For example, if one of your staff members has an interest in database management and wants to boost their data skills, you should send them on something like Simplilearn's certification, not a course that will help their social media skills! This is where your knowledge of your employees will come in handy. It’s about combining what you know about your staff and sending them on the right path. This will take a lot of time, but it will be more than worth it in the long run and not just for your business, but for your employee. You have to be as selfless as possible here.

Taking an interest? It’s key to the success of your business. If you’re more than happy to take interest in your customers and clients, make sure you pay those same respects to your employees. It’s all about moving forward as a cohesive unit, and building your business while developing your employees. Move forward together!