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Recognizing the Value of Your Employees

Recognizing the Value of Your Employees

I have read plenty of articles about different management styles and the pros vs. cons of those styles.

When I over-simplify my concept of leadership methods, I think of those who focus primarily on development of their employees while utilizing positive rewards. Then, I think of those who use fear and negative reinforcement to produce their desired results.

Both styles can be effective when used properly in the correct situations. At the same time, I have found that a hybrid model is usually the best. We’ll come back to management styles after while.

Let me give you a bit of my personal background with the staffing industry.

I used to be an employee of a business, which is now a competitor of my own company.

I absolutely killed myself for my previous employer. In fact, I have told others that I worked just as hard for them as I do for myself, and I meant it.

I can say with certainty that I would still be an employee of theirs or a competitor if I was treated with the appreciation and dignity I deserved.

Now that I have my own employees, I make it a point to recognize and acknowledge the value each and everyone brings to my business.

At the same time, personnel is the biggest liability to almost any business… The acknowledgement of my team’s contribution to Elite Staffing Solutions’ success is important both for my perspective as a business owner, and for theirs as subordinates. After all, each and every one of us has the desire to be appreciated, even admired in the workplace.

As we speak about the liability of employees, the basics are the time, money, and energy spent to train and work with them until they can independently contribute to the company’s goals and initiatives in a minimally-supervised environment.

Every time I lose an employee, I a loose everything that I invested into onboarding that employee. At the same time, they could potentially become competitors or work for competitors in the future. Not to mention, I have to spend the time and money training a new employee, which is an entirely new liability.

One of the worst things I could experience is to invest time, energy, and emotion into developing an employee only to have them use my investment to help a competitor.

That’s why it is important to hire right, then focus on retaining the good staff that one has put together. One of the best tools to retain staff is to recognize and acknowledge their valuable contribution.

Back to management styles… I don’t want to claim that I don’t utilize an authoritative style when necessary, but I don’t want that to be my primary workplace persona.

I personally believe that positivity generates productivity. At the same time, kindness can be mistaken for weakness and I’m sure my staff would tell you that I’m not always the sweetest boss to work for. I do believe in negative reinforcement when it is necessary. I believe in holding all accountable for their actions and using discipline when necessary. I have just found that a positive workplace persona creates an environment where less negative reinforcement is needed.

No matter how great an employee is, they are just the same as their bosses, human. We, as owners and managers must maintain a humane perspective. After all, we are in the business of people. We work with them, we work for them, and they work for us. As we move forward and work together, always keep in mind that every member of the team and every temp worker is a human being with feelings, responsibilities, and their own life stresses. Even if an employee must be let go, it is important for us as leaders to treat everyone in a dignified and humane manner.

Acting in an understanding and humane manner while maintaining a strong drive towards your business goals can be the key to success.

It feels good to go home at the end of the day knowing that those who are helping me succeed with my business are ending their day satisfied, going to bed fulfilled, and waking up ready to work hard for the business that appreciates and treats them well the next day.

Recognizing the Value of Your Employees

article by Mike Gamache


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