It’s no secret: managing employees can give you a a major headache.
But in my experience there’s one secret that can solve all of your problems. I’ve seen it around me and in my own life (both as an employer and employee).
The answer you’re looking for is: treat your employees better. Keep your employees happy, and not only will you find yourself living a happier life, but you’ll probably see a rise in your bottom line.
Organization are like pyramids. Pyramids are built from the bottom up. If the bottom of the pyramid is unhappy and unstable, the entire structure will collapse.
I’m not talking about giving your employees a raise. Keeping your employees happy doesn’t have to cost you money.
I remember when I was managing a local Austin restaurant. I was a 19 year old managing a team of 16-20 adults (and eventually around 40 when I took over both locations). They had every right to blow me off.
But instead, I turned a staff into a family. Turnover dropped to almost nonexistent over my tenure. We rarely gave a raise, and yet employees said they were happier.
I did, however, give them things things far more valuable than a raise.
When I started, almost everyone at the restaurant was at minimum wage. The restaurant was struggling. And before I took over, employees were lasting an average of three months. Not very efficient.
But I realized how much easier my job was because of the great employees I was managing. I was very grateful and I made sure they knew it. Every night I would gather the team around, and thank each and every one of them for the job they just performed.
It makes a world of difference.
A major pet peeve of mine is employers or supervisors who think they’re better than you. This goes back to gratitude. If you don’t appreciate your employees, you can’t respect them. And when you don’t respect your employees, things start to go wrong.
You’ll find that if you use respect to motivate your employees rather than fear or money, they’ll give you more than your money’s worth. Respect for employees is built when you listen to them. Give them a vested interest in the success of your business by giving them a chance to voice their thoughts.
Employees need someone to follow. That’s why they’re not your boss. Strong leadership is critical to happier employees. It creates a sense of safety. Employees need to know that there is someone they can go to when they are in need.
This means that you need to step up and take an interest in your employees’ lives. Not just how they do they’re jobs, but how you can help them grow.
When you put your employees first and help them grow, you’ll find that they’ll go out of their way to help you grow.