All good businesses run on the strength of their employees and that’s especially true when you’re first starting out. The early days of a business are tough and you’ll need a solid team of people behind you if you’re going to get it off the ground. But that’s often easier said than done. Finding the best talent for your startup can be difficult, especially when you’re competing with bigger companies that can usually offer higher salaries and more benefits. The good news is, it’s not all about the money and there are some things you can do to make sure you get the best people for the job.
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Employers are always looking for ways to keep their employees happy. Not only will the right perk boost morale, but it will also keep the turnover rate low. Both of these things are essential for success. However, there aren’t too many benefits a worker can’t get from you which aren’t available with a rival. Copycats! It’s as if everyone in a five-mile radius has health insurance and a company car.
In business, solo successes are rare. The magnates and gurus you see fronting investment-themed TV shows and doling out pearls of wisdom in interviews on morning radio haven’t got to where they are without the help of others. Most business owners rely on a team of people to get by. If you run a company, and you’re keen to get the best out of your team, it’s wise to understand the importance of team morale.
Morale has a massive impact on productivity in a startup. The sort of “creative genius” thinking you need from your staff is what will propel your business forward. If you feel like your employees could achieve more, here are some simple strategies to take on board.
Looking for a way to motivate your employees? Whilst you can offer big incentives such as bonuses and company cars, the smallest incentives can often be just as effective (and a lot less expensive). Here are just a few small and easy motivation tactics to spur your employees on.
Dang, it’s hot outside! The summer sun has a magical property. It has a way of making us a little brighter, a little cheerier and a little more optimistic. It can turn even the most quotidian of things like a stroll in the park into a kaleidoscope of colors, scents and sounds and a treat for all the senses. It’s a time for picnics, garden parties, barbecues and consuming two thirds of your body weight in ice cream. But as welcome as the summer sun may be, it’s also the source of lethargy and distraction in the workplace. In fact, the “summer slump” is a well documented drain on workplace productivity and many corporations take big steps to mitigate its effects on their workforce.
Team building activities can be some of the best ways in which to bring your team closer together. Some business owners see this as a means to bring the team together, to promote synergy, and to hopefully achieve more effective results via their company lens. This is all true, and is worth the price of admission alone. However, depending on what form of team building activities you choose, there could be much more value in this investment than you might have intended.
Look, at time of writing, the sun is shining and summer is in full swing. And what are you doing? We don’t know – we aren’t stalkers – but if you run your own business, you are probably sat in the office, or wherever else you place your butt while at work. And that’s kind of okay; you do need to make money, after all. But all work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull boy (or girl), so it may be time you took a break.
Listen, these are the signs that you really do need to stop for a while.
Starting your own business can be daunting. Even if you’re brimming with entrepreneurial spirit. A big reason for that is down to the stark fact that roughly 80 percent of new businesses fail in the first year and half will be out of business by the time the five-year mark rolls around – that’s pretty scary! Imagine pouring all of your hopes, dreams, and money into a new company that folds soon after – no one wants that!
The good news is that although many startups fail, there are still many who do not. If you can make it through those first few years, you have a very good chance of still being in business 10, 20 even 30 years down the line. Not only that, but there are lots of things you can do to tip the odds in your favor. Helping you get through those early years a little easier.
I truly believe words can be powerful motivators. So if you want this to be your year of positive change, let the words in these 100 inspiring quotes guide you forward:
1. If you dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney
2. Don’t look back. You’re not going that way. – Anon
3. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. – Anon
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