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Tips for business owners and managers


After spending your time and effort building your Company, it could now be the time to employ people to take the business forward? Here’s 5 top tips to build a winning team.

Or perhaps you’re stepping up to your first managerial role; what can you do to make an impact?

Identify where the business is heading?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What will your business be like in 5 years?
  • Who are your target customers?
  • What’s your target turnover?
  • What do you want your customers to be saying about you?
  • What industry awards will you aim to have won?
  • write a brief paragraph that you can use that explains to your new employees what your business is all about,
  • where it’s heading and your targets in the next 5 years.
  • Use this as the basis for conversations  to generate enthusiasm
  • When talking to individuals make the connection between their job and  the bigger company  picture

Clearly explain your expectations

Employees need to know what’s expected of them. Don’t wait until performance falls below your expectations to point this out and take action. Employees are more likely to do what you want them to if you’ve communicated what you expect.

As you brief your new employees on their job roles, take time to explain the standards of performance you expect. Explain standards are important so that they know what’s expected and why.

Make time to talk to your staff

Develop an atmosphere in the workplace that supports open discussion about what’s going on. Be approachable so that issues can quickly be brought to your attention. Set up a system of regular one to ones with your employees where you can discuss work issues openly, give and receive feedback and create action plans for improvements. Read more about the value to be gained for managers and employees from one to ones.

Make someone’s day – give praise

Whenever you can, notice people doing a good job and praise them. You can also mention it at the one to ones and formal performance reviews. Such praise will have more impact if it’s noticed immediately than left to their next performance review meeting. It also generates a standard for the employee to live up to. Everybody responds positively to praise!

“Manners maketh man”

When a jobs been done well or a customer has been delighted, ensure you say thank you to the employee concerned; personally and face to face. Value people and the contribution they make to your business by showing them you noticed.

Implement these no cost actions and build a winning team.

I hope you found these 5 top tips will help you to build a winning team. Why not consider subscribing to this blog for more help, benefiting from my HR experience. Put your email address in the right hand column and you will receive all future post, nothing else, direct to your email in box.

You can contact me direct if you need some help in developing your winning team or other HR related aspects, I’d be very pleased chat prior to a formal consultation.

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