Employees Are Your Business Partners
If you believe that employees are your business partners, then how would you interact with them? If you treat your employees as if they are children, what behaviors will they elicit? What messages are you sending your employees?
I saw this post on AccountingToday.com by Claus Thorsgaard “Managing Employees: 4 Ways to Meet and Align with Business Goals.” He is writing towards the accounting industry, yet you can quickly see that his wisdom can be applied to any business.
It is not just about hiring the right people—it’s about implementing strategies to promote transparency throughout the organization in a way that helps those people support company-wide business objectives. This way, managers are able to guide their people—the firm’s greatest assets—to create an environment that streamlines the business, ultimately increasing productivity.
Employees are willing to step up in crunch time, yet if you demand unrealistic performance on a regular basis, you will burn them out. Your role as their manager is to be aware of their workloads, encourage them to be your partners and let you know when they are bogged down, and guide the department’s overall resources to meet the current business demands.
Another point he makes is to insure you have the right person for the job. What are your employee’s strengths? Do they need additional training? Business is constantly changing and your “employee partners” will also need to add knowledge and skills to help you meet the change.
Treat your employees as key partners and your business will thrive.