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Getting the most out of your staff
Starting a new business can be a daunting experience and what can prove even scarier
is hiring new staff and making sure they are as motivated as you are to do the job
and get the company on its feet in the early days.
One sure fire way to get your staff onside is to show you care about the principles
of business rather than just driving at financial goals at any cost. A recent study
by the Institute of Leadership & Management found the majority of workers in the
UK feel their employer is putting profit ahead of ethical considerations.
A study conducted by Hays found that the companies which succeeded during the economic
crisis and the recession were those that put stock in motivating their members of
So it is well worth giving workers praise and recognition for their achievements
rather than simply urging them on to the next monetary goal, which many can become
disheartened by as they feel they are not appreciated.
There are a variety of ways to motivate your workforce, with some measures appearing
very simple on the surface, but producing impressive results.
Simply acting on employee engagement is one way of getting staff on side. The majority
of businesses spend some time reviewing staff performance and asking workers for
suggestions and possible concerns.
However, recent surveys have revealed that many members of staff feel like these
meeting are simply a box-ticking exercise, which will never be acting on, which
once again has a demoralising affect on them and can lead to a fall in productivity.
Jenny Merry, UK engagement practice leader at Aon Hewitt recently noted that ensuring
your workforce feels supported is more critical than ever before – so make sure
you keep your staff on side and act on suggestions they bring up – you never know,
it might help.