Keeping Employees Even At Minimum Compensation

Practically speaking, a person will work in certain company for the sake of earning money. Not unless they have some very important reasons in mind like acquiring work experiences or perhaps just be with an important person inside the company.

Anyway, a certain business on a tight budget or just gaining momentum in the corporate world can’t promise their employees high salaries yet but there are several ways to keep them motivated to go to work.

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The working environment is the most important factor when it comes to retaining your employees or inspiring them to work every day. If you let them feel that you can be approached anytime then that would be a start of a harmonious relationship. However, getting close to your employees should maintain the respect and authority.

Be a good listener. When your employees would raise concerns, give them the chance to explain and impart what they know. A listening boss would most likely have better solutions in mind. Give them the chance to share possible solutions to the problem and include them in the planning process.

Be a fair judge. Whenever conflicts would arise between employees, as much as possible, have your own investigation and give both parties the chance to explain themselves and let them present evidences.

Be a good example. If you want your employees to work hard; then let them see you working hard as well. It’s just the same with if you want them to punctual, see to it that you arrive in the workplace earlier than everyone else.

Bond with your employees from time to time. During break time, do not seclude yourself inside your office. Take time to spend the break with your employees or perhaps join them for lunch in the company’s pantry.

These are just simple ways yet very effective in keeping employees and their loyalty with your company even if the compensation is not that tempting.

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The Making of Model Employees

It is every business owner’s dream to have a team of model employees who are all capable, motivated, and determined enough to do whatever it takes to meet their targets. Some of these business owners even pay corporate headhunters to look for star employees that can be brought on-board right away. Yet, there are some who choose to hone the skills of existing employees to develop homegrown talents. While there is wisdom to both practices, there are no guarantees that either one would be absolutely successful all the time. There are star performers whose brilliance fizzles out soon after they join your company and there are homegrown talents who eventually leave for better opportunities elsewhere. In both these instances, the business owner is left with the same dilemma they started out with.

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Instead of worrying about having one or several employees taking up the cudgels for the rest of your workforce, it is more important that each one of your employee feels that his contribution to the company’s growth is acknowledged. You do not need to hire a star from outside to be you model employee. Nor should you single out one employee that shines above the rest. Sure, you have to recognize and reward your top performers. But, don’t forget to show the rest of your employee force that their efforts are also appreciated. Motivate these employees to do more so that they too can be recognized for top performance and rewarded with incentives.

You can have your team of model employees when you give your employees a clear idea of where you want to go, how you want things to be done, and what their roles are in your journey to success. When you have a team of motivated and inspired employees, they will be willing to make that journey with you no matter what challenges they have to go through. You and your employees should move forward towards a single vision with the same passion and dedication.

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You Reap What You Sow: Growing Loyalty and Concern in Your Employees

employees benefitsThere are businesses that rely on manpower for sustainability. Without these people, the business will not be able to come out with their products and services. Having employees who are loyal and have genuine concern for the company will make the business easier to manage. A high employee turnover rate could actually be more costly in the areas of training, skill proficiency, and efficiency. While some job positions can be easily filled without worrying about a period of adjustment in the replacement, there are positions that are best held by employees who have been with the company for a long.

When you show genuine concern for your employees, they will show the same concern for the company. This is not to say that you should shower them with all the employee benefits around. Fair and equitable treatment is the first thing that your employees should expect from you. Their respect for you as their employer and their concern for the company as their source of income will come from knowing that their efforts are duly recognized and their contributions to the company are acknowledged. Examine your business and see whether you are doing your part in sowing the seeds of employee loyalty and concern.

You have to make sure that you provide a decent working environment. Your office or work area does not have to be in the biggest commercial area with all the amenities available for your employees. You simply have to provide an environment that makes your employees feel comfortable while they are working. The work environment that you provide should not expose your employees to unnecessary risk. If there are job-related risks, your employees should be trained to handle these risks and safety devices should be on-hand to prevent injuries.
You also need to make sure that you are paying your employees what’s due them. There are industry studies that show standard pay scales for specific job positions and levels. Employees often feel that they are doing more than they are paid for. At the extreme end of the spectrum are those employees who feel that they are exploited by the companies that they work for. The pay that you offer should be commensurate to the work that they do for you.

There are also non-monetary benefits that you can give to your employees. Some of these include group medical and life insurance benefits, paid vacations, and free meals or lodging facilities. Don’t forget to give recognition awards and incentives too. You want your employees to strive to be top performers and you want our top performers to keep on exceeding their targets for from month to month.

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Assure Fairness within the Workplace

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Ensuring that your workplace is fair for all employees is vital for a thriving business. When each employee feels valued, they will maximize productivity, and work harder for their company. In most cases, it is easier to talk about fairness then actually implement it into your workplace, which requires changing the workings of your workplace in most cases.

Be Open

Talk to your employees about their pay, and make sure they understand why they are paid what they are paid. Also make it clear what they can do to increase their pay, or gain a promotion. This makes it fair across all employees, as they all have the opportunity to work their way up to a higher position.

Favoritism

Be very careful not to favorite certain employees. This will make other employees feel that they are not as valued, and will not come across as fair. Try to treat the whole team evenly, and if there is employees who are more qualified than others, consider how to even out the skills across your workforce. Business mentors often find that bosses don’t realize they are doing this, so watching videos or reading books on their findings can be helpful to identify if this is a problem in your workplace.

Allow Employees to Solve Problems

Some workplaces, especially smaller workplaces, can create an environment where workers both approach the employer with the same problem, but individually. They hope to play the employer to get the result that they wish. This practice should be greatly discouraged – ask the employees to communicate openly with each other and reach an agreement on how to best solve the problem. This reduces the appearance of favoritism, and creates a more functional workplace.

Know the Rules

Every employer will face difficult legislation at some point, whether its regarding confidentiality or the Americans with Disabilities act. Make sure you fully understand these before commenting to avoid any misguided response appearing as favoritism. Contacting a local attorney, such as Workers Comp Attorneys in Massachusetts, can be worthwhile to ensure you fully understand the acts and their implications.

Share Management

Let your employees do something important every once in a while. Send someone to a meeting in your place, or let someone else give a presentation. By sharing the management, you’ll give the impression of a fair manager, and a very open workplace.

For more ideas on how to create a fair workplace, check out the suggestions of the Human Rights Campaign. The crux of the issue is trying to make your employees feel more valued, and encouraging them to better themselves, and the company in the process.

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