One of the questions that you should be asking yourself on a regular basis is whether or not you are looking after your team the way that you should be. The people working for you are your responsibility while they are working for you, and while we’re not recommending you get involved in personal problems they may be having, you don’t need to make their life harder on top of this. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you should do to look after your team, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.
Mental Health Help
People go through things on a daily basis. It’s a fact of life and there isn’t much that you are going to be able to do about it. However, what you can do is provide support for those who are struggling. There are some people who won’t ask for help no matter what they are going through, and they won’t take it from you even if you were to offer. But, there are other people who could really benefit from a safe place to go and talk to about their problems.
Now, you might be wondering why this should concern you as it’s a personal problem. It should concern you because personal problems can often lead to a drop in performance. Providing them with help to work through the things going on in their head, and to get in the right mental space is going to benefit the individual, and your business as a whole. Sometimes people just need to let out all of the things that they have been holding in so that they can feel better.
A Maximum Overtime Allowance
We know that some people need overtime to give them a little bit of extra cash, but you don’t want to be the reason that someone is overworked and overstressed. So, for this reason we recommend that you put a maximum allowance on how much overtime someone can complete in a week or a month, and stick to it. Make it a reasonable amount so they can earn a fair bit of extra money if they need it, but also at a point where they are not so tired they could drop at any moment.
There are lots of other ways to make money such as with a side hustle if they feel they need more, and they can work it out. Do what you can to help of course such as offering overtime, but don’t let it get to the point that they seem to always be working for you and not doing anything else.
As a business owner, the business comes first. This means if someone is not performing the way that they should be, you need to know why and how you can help them to fix this. A lot of people have bosses that don’t seem to care about the cause of the problem and only the impact that it is having on their business. We can understand this line of thinking, but it’s not going to get you anywhere, especially if someone is already struggling. For example, if someone is coming in 5 minutes late consistently, sit down with them and ask them why. Ask them what is happening and see if there is a way to help them rather than jumping down their throat.
The difference that you are going to see in your employees if you are a supportive boss that is firm but fair, rather than one who just hands out punishments is phenomenal. Life is tough, and we’re sure that you have your own issues at times, so be the understanding person that you would want someone to be for you.
Supporting Their Growth
Something else that you should consider is supporting their growth through the ranks of your business. We know that employers spend a lot of time looking at workforce optimization in terms of the business and how they can get the most out of their employees to reach their goals, but you should also be doing this to help support the individual. When someone dedicates so much time to your business, it’s only right that you are investing right back in them. You want to grow and nurture them from the early stages of their career if this is the point they come to you, and help them move upwards in the ranks.
Being a supportive employer is what the majority of people are looking for. They want to work for someone who not only values them now for the job that they do, but also for the potential that they have. It’s important to see potential in the people who come through the business door each morning.
Step In To Help
If things are starting to get crazy, or you know that someone is in need of help, then you should be helping them. You can’t just leave the people who work for you to sink on their own when you could easily step in to help. Just because you’re the boss it doesn’t mean that you can’t get involved in the things that other people do in your business. If anything, it gives you more of a reason to do this in the first place. You want to know that all is going the way it should be, and provide the necessary assistance when it’s needed.
This shows your team that you are there for them and that you respect them, two things that will make your team look up to you more.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you should consider when deciding whether or not you are looking after your team the way that you should be. It’s important that you are doing everything in your power to create and maintain the best team possible, which means looking after them as best you can. We wish you the very best of luck, and hope that this works out well for you.