When you’re running a business you want it to be profitable and stable. You also want to see it grow. That’s why you should be concerned with building a team that will grow with your business. Stagnation, in general, doesn’t do anyone much good, whether it’s in your personal or professional life. Luckily, you don’t have to jump over canyons to create a team that will happily grow with you. If you follow a few basic principles and you show empathy towards your team or your employees, you are well on your way.
Know Your Employees
If your business has multiple employees, personality and working preferences really come into play. Everyone is a unique individual, and they will bring their own strengths and weaknesses in their work. But there are ways that you, as an employer or business owner, can make the best out of the different personalities and approaches of employees. The Myers Briggs test, for example, can pinpoint which of the 16 personality types a person has. It’s based on Introversion/Extroversion, Intuition/Sensing, Feeling/Thinking and Judging/Perceiving. The goal is to help people to better understand one another so that interactions are improved and productivity results. Having good working relationships will not only help your business grow, but it will help your team be more cohesive and better able to grow with your business.
Each individual should be crystal clear about what their role within the company is and what is expected of them. Having clear expectations can promote productivity and allow for a more comfortable working environment. It can even help reduce miscommunication, and that is invaluable. It will also help mitigate frustration, increase focus, and allow for more constructive criticism. By coupling clear expectations with accountability or benchmarks, you can also build employee engagement while helping your company expand. A few strategies for establishing clear expectations include setting realistic goals, communicating clearly and effectively and defining roles and expectations explicitly. There are other ways to accomplish this, but you will notice a marked difference when everyone is on the same page.
Professional and personal development is a key part of making sure employees are confident and competent to handle their workload. When your employees feel that they are valued and that as an employer you want them to succeed even if it is not with your company, you are more likely to have a more loyal and dependable employee that is invested in growing with your business. They will feel a deeper sense of love and pride for what they do and how it impacts your business. And since your employees are as much a part of your business as the business itself, investing in them is investing in your company.
Building a team that grows with your business doesn’t have to be a painstaking process filled with ups and downs. If you plan for it and keep growth in mind as you hire and train employees, you will have a much smoother journey.