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If you want your business to be flying high, you need to have the right people with you. You need the best possible contacts that can assist you in your pursuit, and you need to have excellent employees that can put the work in and provide the right results. When you planned everything out at the beginning, you probably thought you could solely take on the world. You’ll soon realize that it’s a group effort and, without a crack team of fully motivated employees, you won’t get anywhere near what your fantasies are picturing.
Bringing in the right people is one thing, but keeping them on track and focused can be a whole new challenge. They’re only human after all. Having a driven workforce can be pivotal in a business taking off, so keeping them upbeat and hungry to work is so important. As a boss, you’ll always be looking to keep them going. Here are a few ways you can do so.
Make The Workplace Beautiful
Nobody functions well in an ugly environment, so make the office/warehouse/factory/etc. a little nicer of the eye at least. It doesn’t have to be the most perfect place in the world, but a clean area with little problems would go a long way. Make sure everyone and everything is organized, too. Clutter around desks and workspaces will only lead to more problems.
Set Little Goals
When people have a goal in front of them, they immediately become more motivated. Working towards nothing other than a big collective goal at the end of a big project can be tiresome for most. You’ll know the feeling yourself. You’ll also know that completing even the smallest challenge feels good and makes you want to hit your next target in order to get the same feeling. Perhaps you could give them little daily or weekly goals to hit.
Don’t Pile On Pressure
At some points in our professional lives, we’ll hit certain times where we need to get our heads down and ride the pressure. It’s not all of the time, though, so don’t make your staff worry all of the time. There are some people that thrive under pressure, but a lot of people crumble.
Acknowledge Their Work
When somebody is working hard or getting their jobs done, it doesn’t hurt to recognize their efforts. Put yourself in their shoes: it would feel nice, and it would assure you if the person overseeing you told you that you’ve done an excellent job.
Be Positive At The Right Times
As a boss, you’ll need to know how to behave at different times. It’s not something you are born with, it’s something that you learn over time during the course of your leadership development and evolution. If things go a little south, a lot of the time you need to put on that happy face and gee up the employees. How they’ll behave will be based on how you behave – you are the conductor, after all.
Be Stern At The Right Times
As much as calm, cool and positive vibes are the go-to way of behaving most of the time, there will be times where you need to put your foot down and apply some seriousness. An arm around the shoulder doesn’t really work if someone is slacking off or misbehaving.