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Are You Working Your Employees Too Hard?

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Of all of the aspects of many businesses, few are more important, and more often neglected, than employees.

Employees are the true beating heart of your business. Without them, all of your ideas, drive, and ambition is liable to fall apart and come to nothing. One of the biggest problems that many business owners have is that they treat their employees like an unlimited resource. However, that’s simply not the case. Your employees are human beings, and it’s incredibly important that you see them that way. People have limits to what they are capable of, and if you push them too far beyond those limits, then you’re going to end up making their lives very difficult and unpleasant. Not only is this an issue on an ethical level but it can also cause serious issues for your business as a whole. With that in mind, here are a few things that you can do to make sure that you’re not overworking your employees.

Streamlining

There’s no denying that there are a lot of things that go into keeping a business running. Because of that, it’s all too easy for employers to end up overloading the amount of work that their employees have to do. However, this just leads them to being stretched far too thin to possibly work effectively. Using technology such as enterprise asset management software and programs that automatically update social media outlets serve to streamline your business and allow your employees to avoid getting bogged down in too many different tasks. Of course, there will always be things that your employees need to manage personally, but by streamlining your business, you’re at least able to avoid piling a lot of tasks on top of those things.

Flexibility

One thing that many business owners fail to understand is the fact that the old methods of working aren’t really that relevant anymore. Of course, there will always be certain things that are standard well into the future. But there are plenty of changes to modern working culture that employers need to start embracing. Being flexible with your staff’s working hours is one of the best things that you can do to avoid putting too much pressure on your staff. Thanks to technology, remote working is now a much more viable option. This means that there’s no reason why an employee who needs to be at home with their children can’t also get their work done. Rigidly sticking to a traditional and outdated method of working is just going to hold your business back and make life more difficult for your employees.

Motivation

It’s a known fact that employees are much more likely to take things in their stride if they’re actually enjoying the work that they’re doing. If they hate the things that they have to do and feel no motivation whatsoever, then it’s going to take a lot more of their energy to get things done. By keeping your employees motivated and engaged they will be much more willing to put the maximum amount of effort in without and real problems. It’s important to remember that just because you’re providing a paycheck at the end of each month, that doesn’t mean that your employees will stay motivated.

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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