How to Motivate Staff and Stop them Leaving!

We have all worked in environments where there is a complete lack of motivation amongst staff; no-one is happy, everyone spends their days moaning about the place and most people are actively seeking another job. These places tend to sap the life out of you and make you dread each day you have to return. Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the problem, especially if the people are generally pleasant and get on well with each other. If this is something you can relate with in your own business, it’s time to take a step back and look at ways you can motivate your staff, before you lose them!

Value

One of the main reasons people feel unhappy in their work is that they don’t feel valued. There may be a number of factors causing this or just generally the way they are treated in the workplace. If you treat your employees as a number who can easily be replaced, rather than a person, you can guarantee they won’t stick around for long. Appreciate what your employees do and thank them for their efforts. If you think that someone is under too much pressure or seems unhappy, speak to them and find out if you can do anything to help. You don’t know what someone else is going through so always offer support, rather than instantly trying to get them out the door if they are not performing at their best.

Salary

It won’t come as a surprise to hear this but salary is a huge factor on whether you will be able to motivate and retain talented individuals in the workplace. Don’t make the mistake of paying people at different levels who have the same experience and do the same job, as it’s not worth the stress if they come to find out and more importantly, it isn’t fair! Salaries shouldn’t be plucked out of thin air, they should be compiled through market research and should be updated to reflect the market rate.

Opportunities

Ambitious, talented individuals are the kind of employees you want but they come at a price and not just monetary value; they want to have a clear line of progression in the company. Opportunities to move and develop in the company are probably on par with salary and if you want to retain and motivate staff, you should ensure you have this in place. It’s important to always consider internal employees for jobs before you even think about advertising externally. Of course, not everyone is suitable for every job but there should be training in place to allow progression into other roles in the department or different departments which require a similar skillset. This is one of the most effective methods of motivation.

The Benefits of Outsourcing Your HR Function

Every business which employs staff should have some kind of human resource representation; whether it is for the purpose of producing contracts, attending grievances and disciplinaries or to assist with the recruitment process. As the business begins to grow, many small businesses fail to even consider their need for HR support and the implications of not using this service on their business. For instance, hiring employees without an employment contract can be damaging for the business. It could lead to employee tribunals, theft of confidential information and it doesn’t give the employer a leg to stand on if the employee is under performing.

In my experience, I have spoken to clients who are worried about poor performance, misuse of IT and basically employees failing to adhere to the code of conduct, which is why they call for some support on their employment contracts (or lack of.) An increasing number of businesses, particularly small businesses, are realising the implications of a lack of HR support and are using outsourced services instead of employing HR people. There are many benefits to outsourcing your HR function, rather than hiring full time employees.

Cost Savings

The main reason why businesses choose to outsource their HR function is for the purpose of cost saving. A small business can’t afford the costs associated with a full time HR employee and with only a few employees, do you really need one?

Flexibility

Unless you are employing and recruiting a high number of staff each year, you probably don’t need a full HR function. Hiring an HR Consultant when you need them can provide the flexibility you want. For instance, when you want to recruit a new member of staff but don’t have the time to advertise, shortlist and interview; the HR support can do this for you. You may just need a few contracts or someone to sit in a disciplinary with you and outsourcing HR can offer this level of flexibility.

Lack of In-House Talent

HR is a skill and if you aren’t qualified and experienced in it, you might not know where to begin. Any business owner will have their own skill which has led them to be in such a successful position but they may not have (or in many cases, enjoy) people management. If you don’t have the in-house talent to undertake it for you, it makes sense to outsource the HR function.

Focus on Other Aspects

The daily tasks associated with HR can take up a lot of time; dealing with those inevitable issues that come with employing staff and the long process of trying to recruit a new staff member. When managers have to undertake these themselves, especially if they are a small business, it can take up far too much time, which could be used to focus on the business. The more the business grows, the more these issues become a problem and without the help of an HR Consultant, this can prevent the business from developing further.

What Is A Blog and Why Do I Need One?

You may have been running your business for years or maybe you are just starting out and constantly hearing the word ‘blogs’, with no idea of what it actually means.The concept may be alien to you, even scary, but if you want to grow your business, you need to understand the benefits of using blogs.

It is no longer enough to just advertise your products or services in the paper or television; you’ll notice that the most successful companies in the world have a huge online presence. Those who don’t are often left in the shadows. People spend hours upon hours on the internet each day, so this is where your captive audience is.

To put it simply; blogs are used on websites as a means of providing information to visitors. They may be used to promote a particular product or service, or quite often individuals use blogs to share their views and experiences with others. When creating a blog, you can allow readers to comment on the content, which is a good way of finding out more about the needs of potential customers, without conducting market research.

Any business which wants to drive traffic to their website should have a blog. Why? Well, it is a good way for people to find your website via search engines.

In order for this to happen, you need to incorporate search engine optimisation into the content of your blog. This is the keywords people are likely to type into a search engine, so they can easily find you. For instance, if you are an artist in Glasgow, you want to ensure you mention ‘Glasgow artist’ somewhere in your blog.

Blogs are not just a way for traffic to reach you, but more importantly, it is a way for people to become interested in what you do, what you have to say and will keep them coming back for more.

It is important not to just write a blog for the sake of it though. You need to think about who your customers are and what they would be interested in hearing about. After all, if you don’t provide anything interesting, no one will want to return to your website.