Three Things Your Employees Wish You Knew
Running your own business takes more than strategic thinking and having the right resources. A lot of times, you need to keep exerting constant effort. You need to keep yourself updated on the most recent updates of your industry in order to keep your business afloat.
In the busy life of an entrepreneur, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are many things that need to be done, and you easily forget to consider what your team members have to say. In case you still don’t know it yet, here are three things your employees wish you knew:
They Have Things to Say
Other than the business reports and pleasantries they exchange with their superiors, your employees have ideas and even suggestions on different things about your business. They might even have a solution for some of the pressing issues that your company faces. They’re not robots who just blindly accept what’s around them. They’re also human beings who can think critically and who have something to say when they know something’s wrong.
But because of the traditional hierarchical set-up that most businesses follow, expressing their ideas and pitching their suggestions become a little difficult. Employees, in this paradigm, are discouraged from sharing their opinions and are instead encouraged to respect authority. This hierarchy places employees at the bottom of the career-chain. They feel like they have to earn the right to speak before they do.
They’d Love to Have a Voice
You might think, “They DO have a voice! Why would they think otherwise? Their suggestions are highly valued.”
At first glance, it’s easy to assume that your work environment is conducive to open communication and big ideas. But if you follow the traditional hierarchical set-up and look at your employees’ situation on the cellular level, you’ll see that talking is actually harder than it looks. The fear of being wrong or that they might get on the bad side of their bosses is always present.
Of course, they’d love to give their suggestions and opinions. But sometimes, it’s easier to just keep quiet and have their thoughts to themselves than say it and be ignored. Also, being in a situation where your talks with your superiors are often one-way isn’t exactly the best environment for open communication.
Coaching Can Help
Development coaching can help your business grow by making the work environment more open to communicating with employees. Development coaches have the right tools and systems that you can use to help your employees understand their potential, and help them grow as a relevant member of your organization.
Aside from that, peer to peer coaching can also be effective for your teams. Through peer to peer coaching, employees get to properly communicate. This will make each team a coherent, united, and effective unit for your business.
In a rapidly changing corporate ecosystem, you can’t afford to fall behind from your competitors because you forgot to pay attention to one important aspect of your business— your employees. It’s about time that you give them the necessary investment and training to be effective in their jobs.
By creating a more open working environment, your employees get to grow as persons and professionals. This motivates them to grow and be more engaged in their job. Increased involvement and engagement among your employees promotes more high-quality output.
When they’re motivated and are in a healthy place, Mondays become more motivating. When you have a growth-conducive environment for your employees, you also create a stable, growth-conducive environment for your company. By making Mondays more motivating and less stressful, you make everyday a good day for company growth.