Are You Really Taking Care Of Your Employees?
by PM Today / 2/12/2019 6:09:27 PM
There are a lot of things that go into a business to make it truly successful. A business needs great branding, great marketing, a clear plan, a strong financial backing, and a whole lot more.
However, there's one thing that a business needs in order to be successful more than just about anything else: the right people. Your employees are the true secret weapon of your business. Of course, that's only the case if you're taking care of them. You're only going to get as much out of your workforce as you put into it. With that in mind, here are some things that you need in order to say that you're really taking care of your employees.
A living wage
This might sound like the most obvious thing in the world but the truth is that far too many business owners don't actually pay their workers a living wage. They might think that they're paying them enough because they technically pay them the legal minimum wage.
But for most people, the legal minimum wage simply isn't enough to live on. You need to be sure that you're paying your workers a fair amount for the labor that they provide your business. If you don't then there's a good chance that they're just going to jump ship to an employer who is willing to pay them fairly.
Health and safety
You and your employees have the right to work in a safe environment and if you're not putting the right health and safety procedures in place then you're putting your employees in danger. If something happens that could have been prevented and you didn't make enough of a priority of health and safety then you're the one who's going to be liable for it. There are plenty of places you can go for expert advice and guidance on health and safety in the workplace. That way, you have no excuse for not implementing the right protocols and procedures.
A zero tolerance policy on discrimination
A safe working environment doesn't just mean physically safe. It also means that no employee should be made to feel victimized or discriminated against. It might be nice to think that things like racism, sexism, homophobia, and any other form of bigotry are over but that's simply not the case.
If you come across any kind of harassment or discrimination among your employees, you need to make sure that you have a zero tolerance policy on it. Your employees need to know that you're in their corner and that you won't stand for them being mistreated in any way.
You really would be surprised at just how easy it is for a lot of business owners to fall into the trap of assuming that their employees are little more than another resource to be used for the sake of their business. You need to remember that your employees are human beings with needs and limitations, just like you. If you're not able to do that, it's not going to be long before they start to become extremely resentful of both you and your business.