As a business owner, one of the most important considerations of all is how your employees are treated. If you want to have any kind of ongoing success in the world of business, then you need to do everything in your power to ensure that your employees respect you as well as possible. This can be a difficult thing to achieve, but mostly it is just a matter of ensuring that the working culture is a positive, fair and engaging one. In this post, we’re going to look at some of the common hurdles and pitfalls which stop employees from respecting their managers. If you notice any of these in your business, you might want to think about what you can do about it.
A Messy Office
Every workplace has the opportunity to become messy from time to time, and it can happen all too easily. But when an office becomes too messy, it can really make a huge difference to the workload itself. Your employees are much less likely to feel comfortable and at home, and that will negatively affect their work in a huge way. Of course, keeping things tidy is everybody’s concern, and there is no-one who does not have as part to play in it. But as the business owner, it is up to you to enforce it. Make sure that there are rules around not allowing work as to become too messy, and make sure that everyone is doing their part. You’ll also need to work to ensure that your cleaners are actually doing their job as well as possible. It really does make a huge difference to how everyone feels, so it is worth looking into.
However hard you try, you might find that you accidentally that one or two people unfairly at some point in your career. If you do slip up, the most important thing is to genuinely apologize, and then work towards creating a fairer culture for everyone. Of course, it is even better if you are able to curb any unfair treatment before it actually happens. To do this, you need t6o go back to basics. You absolutely cannot allow any kind of discrimination to take place within your organization. If it does, then you are unlikely to have any respect whatsoever from your employees on the whole. Use gender pay reporting to ensure that everyone is paid absolutely fairly regardless of their gender or, indeed, any other incidental factor. Also make sure that there are strict guidelines in place, and that those who disobey them are punished in the right manner and with the right level of force. All of this will contribute to a workplace in which your employees feel much more respected and appreciated, so it is definitely worthwhile.
Poor Reward System
Everyone likes to know when they are doing well at their job, and it is hugely important for that reason that you have some kind of a reward system in place in your business. This system should outline exactly what people are likely to receive and when, and it must be clear-cut enough that everyone can understand it perfectly. You also need to make sure that you actually enforce it properly. If you don’t, then you will lose a lot of respect from your employees, who will see that you are not actually following through with your own ideas and plans. Make sure your rewards are given out fairly, and it will make a huge difference to the working culture overall.
There are few things that annoy employees more than poor communication, so you need to make sure that you are focusing on strong clear communication at all times. This is not just about how you actually speak to people in person (although that is very important), it’s also a matter of communicating when you are in the midst of important projects. Email, letter and phone all need to be respected as the media they are, and you have to be polite and clear every time, no matter how you are speaking to someone or what it is about. This speaks to the basic kind of politeness that people tend to expect, and it can make a huge difference to whether or not people actually want to work for you at all.
As long as you follow the above, it is much more likely that your employees will truly respect you – and that will mean a more tightly cohesive business which achieves much more in a smaller time frame.