As an employer, you are responsible for the welfare of your employees. This doesn’t mean you have to bend to their every whim, but there are some expectations you need to conform to. Failure to do so could lead you into hot water, as…
- Your employees may resign and find work elsewhere.
- Threaten you with legal action if you overlook them at work.
- Tarnish you with a bad reputation when they gossip and complain about you to others.
So, don’t put yourself in a difficult position with the people you employ. They deserve to be respected and recognised as valuable human beings, and not mere worker drones who are only at work to serve your best interests. When it comes to caring for their needs, the following expectations should be adhered to.
- The feeling of being safe. This is a basic requirement, and you need to have occupational safety solutions at hand to ensure your workplace is safe to work in. However safety at work goes beyond such things as ensuring your building is well-maintained, as you need to consider the mental and emotional wellbeing of your employees as well. When they come to with a problem, or if you notice they are regularly off work ill, take notice and ensure they are happy and well within your working environment.
- Boundaries. Your staff need some leeway at work, but if you offer too much freedom, your employees will become unmanageable. While we don’t all like boundaries, we need them, and your employees will appreciate them (even if they don’t always realise it). Such things as timekeeping and behaviour at work are some of the areas where firm boundaries need to be set. Chaos will ensue otherwise, and that will lead to unhappiness from those staff members who do enjoy some semblance of order at work.
- Some amount of freedom. No, we aren’t contradicting ourselves, as some freedom is important. If you micromanage your employees, you will breed resentment in your staff, as they won’t have the opportunity to do what they do best. So, while boundaries do need to be set, ensure your team still have the scope to use their imagination and creativity, unstifled by too many restrictions.
- Input into the company. You may be in charge, but your employees have a voice that begs to be heard. While you may not want to act upon their every idea, your team may still have opinions and perspectives that could better shape your company. Again, if you stifle their enthusiasm and advice, you will breed resentment, which could lead to a walkout or, at the very least, an uncommitted employee who is unproductive because they don’t value you or the company they work for.
- A future. If you’re the head of a business, you have clearly done something right in your career. You may have been given chances that propelled you to the top. Your staff deserve those same opportunities, so don’t keep them on the lower rungs of the career ladder forever, Offer opportunities for progression, such as implementing training and chances for promotion, and help your employees better themselves under the services of your employ.
Look after your employees and they will look after they you. After all, there is truth in the adage, treat others how you would like to be treated. Take care, and thanks for reading!