How many times do you hear about a small business where everyone is considered “family” – even when it’s not a family-run operation?
More and more these days, the focus is on the family unit. You see family life praised on social media, discussed and analyzed on media outlets, and a common objective in movies and on television.
Creating a family-like environment in your small business is important to employees and customers and therefore, it should be important to you. And while soccer matches and music recitals may not be the first thing on your mind, it is actually something that should be considered. In today’s always-rushed yet always-connected world, placing a priority on family can work in your favor.
- Show you care. Take a genuine interest in the well-being of your employees by extending your concern to their families. When someone needs to leave early for a school event, they shouldn’t have to dread asking you. Responsible employees know how to use their time wisely, and mutual trust leads to more productive workers.
- Suggest internal support. In a sharing environment, encourage employees to turn to each other for coverage when conflicts arise. Again, trust goes a long way. And when you say, “My door is always open for you,” be sure you mean it.
- Hold company events. Team building and company-wide special events are critical to making employees feel like they belong, yet there never seems to be enough time to hold such occasions. Put these items on the calendar early in the year, so everyone knows it’s planned and they have something to anticipate.
- Get involved. Families help each other. So do communities. This also is where you can gain greater exposure for your small business while at the same time give back. Clean a local park, read to students, or help at the nearby soup kitchen. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful and bring your team together for a common good.
Place importance on those who work for you, and you’ll quickly see happy employees are more productive employees.
At Biz2Credit, we’re one big happy family looking out for you and providing help with all your small business financing needs. Call (800) 200-5678 or visit www.biz2credit.com.