Every employee counts in a startup business. These hard-working folks get projects finished on time, provide world-class customer service, and make a dream become profitable. A smart business owner understands the importance of motivating employees. It is critically important if there are only a few, and the loss of one might cause some serious problems. Motivation requires more than just a smile and a pat on the back. There has to be inherent in the culture of the small business certain things that make a person want to go the extra mile.
- Develop a Flexible Work Environment. The traditional work space does not respond well to modern needs, particularly of mothers. You should concentrate on productivity more than just presence. Allowing employees to schedule workdays with a little more flexibility permits them to better attend to parental responsibilities as well as make them feel appreciated.
- Listen, Listen, Listen to Them. This is more than just hearing words. Employees are right there on the firing line and see how the business really operates. They have ideas that could improve how things are done and these nuggets of knowledge are worth the listen. If you cannot implement an idea right away, explain to the employee why it currently is not possible. Never ignore somebody who is working hard to make your business succeed.
- Reward Good Performance Quickly. This can be more than just pieces of paper with a commendation on it. A steady habit of productive performance means your company is benefiting. The reward can be something as simple as a day off or as important as a prophet bonus. The important thing is to recognize good performance with a meaningful reward.
- Provide an Opportunity for Skills Acquisition. Modern employees would like to have more than just a paycheck. They want to be able to grow in their job and learn skills they did not know before. You should take the opportunity to allow them to develop a larger knowledge base. It is easy enough to do by assigning different projects.
- Strive to Be Flexible. Your business plan may need to be changed slightly based on what your employees are telling you. Rigidity and setting very strict procedures can be harmful. You should be able to allow employees a little bit of leeway to bring some of their own ideas into the mix. As long as productivity is not harmed there is no harm.
You may have to accept the fact that your employees are going to be with you for only a short while. That is the nature of modern marketplace. People can expect to have several jobs during their working career, and if you are able to have somebody work for you 3 to 5 years that is an accomplishment. It is necessary that no matter how long a person works for you this individual is producing high quality results. It will require the right amount of motivation to get the most out of any given employee. If you are always conscious of the need to keep a person’s working habits at a productive level, you will be able to provide the type of motivation necessary for wide profit margins.