5 IMPORTANT EMPLOYEE MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR SMEs
10 Sep 2021
Zig Ziglar once said, ‘You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business ’. As an SME owner, you may have already figured out that your people are the builders of your business. Businesses grow faster and stronger when they are more effective in managing their employees. The benefits are numerous; improved employee productivity, efficient work flow, data security, lower costs, to mention only a few.
Here are 5 important tips that can help you maximize the potential of your team:
1. Communicate well.
To manage employees properly, you first need to know how to communicate with them. It’s important to get your message across, but it is also very important to listen to them.
a. Be consistent with providing information, and stay available to your employees when they need you.
b. Engage your employees with meaningful workplace talk. This will help you stay aware of how they are doing and the challenges they may be facing. Also, staying informed, shows them that you care.
c. Be sincere when you communicate.
d. Use a personal touch, when possible, communicate face-to-face. If you do it right, it can be very refreshing in our fast paced, technology driven world.
e. Simplify messages to make it more easy to understand and memorable. Often, employees already have a myriad of considerations and complexities going through their minds during a conversation. Help them by keeping your message simple.
2. Keep your employees motivated.
It goes without saying that businesses thrive when employees are motivated. You can keep your employees motivated by doing some of these things;
a. Develop employee strengths.
b. Dedicate resources to employee development.
c. Show appreciation, recognize and reward hard work.
d. Provide feedback.
e. Provide room for growth and development, and frequently remind your employees about them.
3. Have clear goals and objectives.
To do this, you need to first determine what you want for your business. Then, tell your employees what you want. Keep your goals ‘SMART’, and your communication clear. This helps you to track individual progress and determine when someone isn’t meeting up with expectations. Remember that for employees to meet your expectations, they would first need to know what you expect.
4. Set the example
As a leader in an organization or business, your employees will naturally look up to you as an example, and will take clues from your behavior. If you show up late, your staff will learn from you, to show up late. To have employees behaving correctly, become that ideal worker yourself, and make sure to set a good example in all you do.
5. Remember that everyone is unique
Every individual is unique, and so is every employee. Different personalities, different skill sets, different strengths, different weaknesses and different ideas, that’s what’s obtainable in real teams. For instance, one employee may do well under tight deadlines and intense pressure, while another employee’s productivity may crumble under such conditions. Because of these kinds of differences, there can be no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to employee management. This is why HR-On-Wheels is here to help with all the human resource needs of your startup or SME. We combine strategic HR expertise, technology, and managed services to grow your people and your brand. Sign up with us on our website today. Click here.
What are some of the common challenges you have encountered in employee management since you started running your SME or startup? Let us know in the comment section below.