If you find yourself struggling to improve your business because you’re not giving your best to people you’ve got to go back to the drawing board. The modern workplace has evolved exponentially, even over the last couple of years post-COVID. Many people are on the hunt for something that provides flexibility and meaning, but also the pay to go along with it. When you have a core group of employees, and they are becoming disenfranchised with what you’re offering, you may think that you need to up the perks, but there’s so much more than this to retain top talent. It’s more than a couple of ping-pong tables and free snacks! Employees require something that’s far more transcendent. Let’s show you a few things.
This is particularly critical in smaller businesses where potentially many employees are coming to you because they are desperate for a job, but they’re also putting their faith in your abilities to deliver. Many business leaders can easily overlook, but also neglect, so many of those legalities, and it’s critical beyond having clearly defined employment contracts and health and safety regulations that you are committed to non-discrimination. So many workplace discrimination lawyers find themselves inundated with cases in small businesses because of the myopic views of small business leaders. Legal safeguards foster trust between employers and employees.
Job Security and Stability
There’s no crystal ball in small businesses, and while we can all benefit from giving our employees the things that they want, they will certainly experience more peace of mind if they have a stable work environment. You need to make sure employees understand their roles and responsibilities to improve their sense of security, but you must also look at how long-term vision actually tallies up with the reality. You need to communicate your long-term vision for the organization, indicating stability and security for your employees but also look at strengthening your reputation because if you have a reputation for stability, you will instantly instill peace of mind in your employees.
Different from work-life balance, work-life integration involves businesses acknowledging that employees have lives beyond the workplace, so they should have a right to integrate their personal and professional lives in ways that suit them. If you understand that an employee needs to go and pick up their child from school, they will give much more to you than if you try to passive-aggressively punish them for having a life outside of work. Many business leaders can have a major lack of empathy because they are purely focused on getting their business up and running, and this can be very muddy waters to wade in.
Beyond the perks, peace of mind is pivotal for ensuring that you can create a workplace and a workplace culture that is fair and balanced to give a sense of security and well-being among your employees. We’re pushing for productivity, and therefore, making sure that we go beyond the superficial benefits and recognizing the deeper needs of our employees is more than essential.