Your employees are a big part of your business, and that makes them very hard (and extremely irresponsible on your part) to try and ignore.
You can’t bring someone on board with no input from your side, leaving them to their own devices, and you can’t let a training program do all of the talking for you. You need to ensure you and your team are on exactly the same page, in all things you can.
Let’s go through a couple of the most important questions you should ask yourself about your employees.
It’s crucial to make sure you’re a group of workers who can all get along together, and that your sense of authority is never ridiculed or taken over the mark. And as the boss, it should be you taking the initiative to solve the potential for disagreement!
Do You Hold the Same Values?
Of course, you’re going to be the person most concerned about your company’s interests, and where it’s headed over the next 5 to 10 years or so. As the boss, and usually as the founder themselves, you’re always going to be top of the list on company trivia, and what kind of values you want the company to hold close to its heart.
But your employees need to be on the same page. They need to know what’s expected of them, and they need to know what rules and regulations are in place to make sure they’re always acting in a professional and responsible manner.
For example, you can hold casual Fridays as much as you want, but there should always be an underlying sense of what’s appropriate, and what isn’t.
At the same time, they need to have a similar level of ambition to work with. They want to succeed through the company ranks and have some kind of 5-year plan to guide them. You can gauge their forethought quite well in the interview stages.
Are They As Up to Date As You?
Your employees need to be kept in the loop, and you should always reveal to them as much information as possible regarding what the company is up to and their position in the future.
Job security is one of the most important assets to have as a part of the working world, and your employees should never feel insecure or alienated under your watch.
But they also need to be kept up to date on the threats your company might be experiencing, or mishaps the business is expected to be affected by. Crashes in the stock market, or hacking attempts, are good examples to include on the daily company newsletter you email round first thing in the morning.
And remember, it’s always best to prepare your employees for moments like these. And in hindsight, you’ll be kicking yourself for not sending your staff members on that phishing email awareness training course you were offered.
Make yourself a responsible leader, and keep you and your team on the same page.