When it comes to running a business, you often find that you get to a stage where it is no longer solely on your shoulders. You may have outsourced certain aspects of the business, but you may have also found yourself in the position to hire staff. This can often mean that you are now not just responsible for your own actions but the actions of others. This can have either a positive or negative effect on your business, just depending on how you approach it. Are you keeping your staff happy? Here are some of the things to think about that could help you get back on the right track.
Is the workplace a positive environment to be in?
There is a lot of focus surrounding mental health right now, and the workplace and stress that it can cause people is often one of the biggest triggers for it. As an employer, you have a responsibility to ensure that you do all you can to make the working environment a positive environment to be in. That might mean that you consider workload, the people that work together and also perhaps encourage team bonding so that people feel they can work together appropriately. It can also be factors such as the place they work. Things like the office temperature and whether there are drinks and food making facilities. Small things can make a big difference to how someone feels in work.
Have you performed regular risk assessments?
Another factor to think about would be whether or not you have performed regular risk assessments on the working area, especially if you have staff that use machines and tools. It might become an essential part of your business operation so these assessments can determine whether you need to seek out replacements, or conduct repairs where a load cell manufacturer may need to be located. There are often small things that you can do that can have a big impact, and the risk assessments can go a long way to giving employees assurance.
Do you have a health and safety policy in place?
On the subject of risk assessments these can work in conjunction with having a decent health and safety policy in place. This can factor in the working environment, rules you may have on conduct and also the things that an employee may need to follow to stay working for you. It is the ideal element to ensure that both you and your employees are on the same page.
Do you need to think about your leadership?
Finally, does your leadership need reviewing? Are you an approachable leader and manager? Often not being can cause hostility in the workplace. Small changes can be made such as showing genuine interest in the people that work for you and holding regular meetings where both parties can communicate on subjects like sales targets and performance. Being approachable for ideas can also help.
Let’s hope these suggestions help you to keep your staff happy.