To get the most out of your workplace, you'll want to focus on empowering your employees, rather than just having them fulfill your objectives. By taking the time to sit down with them and truly understand what makes them tick, you will have the opportunity to get the most from them in the long run.
The way to do this is by truly empowering them to become the best professionals possible, not just the best professionals for your workplace. Of course, you risk them taking those talents elsewhere, but by not withholding anything from them, you also stand to gain more loyalty from your employees.
To make the most of these principles, keep reading and follow the tips below.
Tip #1: Make your employees skilled and marketable
The true test of a qualified professional is whether they'd fit in anywhere, and not just with one company. When professionals exist in a bubble, they may do a good job in your company for some time, but there is a definite ceiling on their potential.
Because of this, you need to think of their professional development from a totalistic point of view.
Don't be afraid to borrow some practices and philosophy from business professionals that have been where you are trying to go. Set your employees up to be diligent over their own brand, as an extension of your company. Many employers are afraid to do this because they're afraid that their employees will learn the skills and then take their brand elsewhere.
Never be afraid of this, because you are always only as strong as your weakest link. If you have nothing but skilled employees with strong brands from top to bottom, it only makes your company that much stronger. Keep your employees abreast of everything from learning email marketing and using effective oral communication to web development and graphic design.
By keeping your employees' skills sharp, they will always be in a great position to contribute and help your company in times of need.
Tip #2: Add some structure, but allow for growth and flexibility
The best thing you can offer your employees is a strong structure and direction.
People come out of college with lots of skills, dreams, and aspirations, but this needs to be channeled in a way that is productive and effective. Make sure that you are setting expectations from your point of view, but also helping them set their own expectations.
Create schedules and deadlines so that your employees don't have to get caught up in distractions and time wasting. However, make sure that you also let them truly leave their mark and express their personality. This creates new energy and ideas, which can also take your company to the next level.
Tip #3: Expose your employees to the best and the brightest
Never be afraid to show your employees something new, because it expands their mind.
Expose them to texts from Napoleon Hill, Joseph Campbell and other thinkers, so that they can constantly add new twists to their game. From here, you'll be able to expand your horizons as a company, while ensuring that your employees are never settling.
As a quality employer, the tips above will help you get the best trained and most prepared employees. Follow these points and help your professionals to the best of your ability.
I'm a standup comedian and freelance writer based in Los Angeles, CA.