4 Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your Employees

When you hire employees, you may have unrealistic expectations about the results you hope to yield from them.  Getting the most out of your employees isn’t as simple as barking orders at them. In order to get great results out of your workers, you have to be a great manager.

Your employees won’t do a good job out of the kindness of their hearts.  You have to make sure that they’re getting a fair reward in return. Paying them isn’t enough to keep good work up, either.  

You’ll also need to ensure their well-being and give them a comfortable work environment.  But wait, that’s not all! Take a look at what else you’ll need to get the best out of your employees.

Hire Qualified People

If you hire subpar people, you’ll get subpar results; it’s that simple.  It’s vital that you hire the best possible people that you can find. Don’t rush through your hiring process.  Take your time to carefully interview each candidate.

When you’re interviewing, make sure that you’re completely transparent.  Painting a perfect picture of your company that doesn’t exist is a fast track to disgruntled employees.  Be upfront about what’s expected of them and what they’re getting into. You’ll get people who fit much better into the dynamic if they know what they’re signing up for.

Train Thoroughly

A lot of managers speed through the training process, then can’t figure out why their staff keeps making mistakes.  It’s crucial that you have a dedicated training process which allows the new employee to thoroughly learn how the business works.

Don’t just train your employees on how to do their job.  Their training should also include company culture and policies.

Create Measurable Goals

Employees who don’t have a clear vision of what they’re supposed to be working towards are bound to disappoint you.  How can you expect them to produce what you want when you’ve never even explained it?

Be specific about your expectations by giving clear guidelines and rules. Set short term and long term measurable goals.  Be sure to check in every now and then to let them know how they’re doing. Follow-ups are crucial to ensure that everyone is on the right track.

Give Feedback

Rather than only telling your employees when they’ve done something wrong, let them know when they’ve done something right too!  Your job as a manager isn’t just to tell your employees when they’ve made a mistake, but also when they’ve done something well.
By giving feedback, they’ll be able to make improvements where needed and keep up the motivation to keep doing great work.  If you’re only there to complain, then they won’t look to you as a source of inspiration, but rather someone they want to avoid.

Anna Johansson

Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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