Companies constantly look to build a great workplace. Where from could be a daunting task. However, a good way to start is by having better business management strategies and more effective workers. If a company lacks clarity, it becomes tough for it to take focused actions. In some cases, it also discourages the business owner if the scope seems too large. Good leadership and business management skills are essential for any entrepreneur, big or small. Business management is an ongoing process and it helps to unlearn old management habits and adopt new ones. If you happen to be among those who aspire to build a better workplace, even a great one,

Here are seven business management tips from the leaders of companies as listed in this year’s annual ‘Best Small Workplaces’ list:

Begin with yourself

To build a great workplace, you must first work on yourself by gaining a deep understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader and completely commit to developing yourself into the best leader. You should hire outstanding people who are as committed as you are to build a great workplace.

Flip the traditional management dynamic

As the manager, you should treat every employee as a colleague and turn the management structure upside-down. The management of the company is there to support the talent and aspirations of your employees, and not the reverse.

If you are hiring, hire the best

Hire people smarter than yourself. In today’s competitive environment, it helps if you are surrounded by smart people – those who share your values, mission, and vision and like to have FUN! It will make your work easier and more pleasant. Talented employees will help your business grow. Knowledgeable employees are valued by customers. The smarter your new hires are, the better off your business will be in the end.

See employees as whole people

[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”left” quotestyle=”style02″]If you haven’t realised it already, every employee has things in their life that are more important than work. If you don’t understand and respect it, there will be a fundamental disconnect in your relationship with that employee. You will be on the way to a mutually beneficial relationship if you realise it and embrace it,[/sws_blockquote_endquote]

Tim Storm
CEO Founder, FatWallet.

Practice accountability to your values

You should hold everyone accountable to your core beliefs and values, including you. A double standard will derail the creation of a great workplace.

Use positive, constructive motivation

It’s said that eight out of ten people come to work in the morning wanting to make a difference, but by lunch it’s down to four. That’s usually a result of the environment more than anything, not just the physical but the interpersonal. Lead your employees with a clear vision, support them with adequate resources, and if possible – reward them for treating others with respect. Motivate everyone in a constructive way. Be positive and help them feel positive and soon your biggest problem would be creating more office space.

Start now

Don’t wait until the company gets bigger to put in place key items, such as staff surveys, peer interviewing for hiring and clear standards of behaviour to be inculcated by the staff.

Entrepreneurial Learning

Being the manager is an interesting designation to handle. As the manager your employees will look at you as the role model, so you have to be committed and work efficiently. Come up with healthy business management strategies. The decisions you take should benefit the company, hire the people this will solve all major problems. Don’t be the routine strict manager, be a little different. Talk to your employees, let them experiment new things, explore their talents, etc. Motivate your employees and stick to your principles. Be very patient and responsible.

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