As a company owner, you will be well aware of just how important your workforce is, and how good employees are worth their weight in gold.
These people are hardworking, reliable and genuinely care about the success of the company, it’s your workers that keep your business ticking over and turning a profit day after day.
But how can you find and keep the best people to work in your company? Here are some ideas.
Provide Fair Wages and Good Employee Benefits
Work is a huge part of our lives, and to be happy at work and in life, in general, you really need to find something enjoyable, rewarding or interesting about what you’re doing for eight hours a day.
However, for the most part, work is still a way to pay the bills for most of us- and so the first thing candidates will likely be looking for when they’re browsing the role is how much it pays.
Consider paying based on experience, and pay fair wages that are competitive compared with other similar companies.. Another important thing they will be looking into is what employee benefits are on offer. These are things like health insurance, life insurance, disability plans, pension and retirement packages.
Set Up a Good Office Space
When you provide a decent office space for your workers, you help them to feel happy and motivated. Research has shown that daylight boosts mood and productivity levels, so one simple thing you could do is position your desks close to windows.
You’ll need decent equipment such as supportive chairs and powerful computers so your staff are comfortable and can do their job quickly and efficiently.
You should also pay attention to the layout too. For example, unless you have separate meeting rooms you’ll need an area that’s suitable for meetings and collaborative work.
Then separate desks for individual tasks or things like phone calls to clients and customers. Your office should never just be an afterthought.
Offer Training and Education
Candidates love roles that allow them to continue learning and improving themselves with the ability to advance in your company. So offering training and/ or education is likely to attract good candidates.
You could pay for an online college or university course since these have flexible hours, or you could sign them up for regular training days which will help them to improve and advance.
Consider Team Building Activities
Your staff need to work well as a team, with communication and trust often being vital to the success and smooth running of your business.
Hiring candidates with a track record of working well with others is a good start, but to improve things further you could consider setting up team building activities.
This could be something simple such as a lunch or dinner paid for by the company, use a corporate catering company to provide the food.
Or it could be something full on such as a couple of days stay at a lodge with a company which provides fun team building exercises.
Listen To Your Employees
Simply listening to your employees can improve trust and make them feel more valuable to the company. Spend time regularly your workers opinions on things, not only can this help to nip things like workplace bullying in the bud but they might provide you with valuable information about things you have overlooked in the business.
Being a boss that people are comfortable approaching and speaking to has been shown to reduce staff turnover rate as employees can resolve issues instead of simply leaving. This is beneficial for you, as you’re not constantly having to recruit new employees, as this costs time and resources on hiring and training them.