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Encouraging More Work Out Of Your Employees

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As an entrepreneur, you have to know the value of hard work. If you are not able to put the hours in, then it is unlikely that your business will get to where you really want it to go. Part of this is because of the problem of social proof in the office. If you are not putting the hours in yourself, it is much less likely that your employees will do the same. Clearly, it is important that you find a way to make it easy for you and your colleagues to work the long hours necessary to get your business off the ground, and up and running in a strong way. As it happens, there is plenty that you can do to make this easier on you and your employees. Let’s think about some of the best solutions you can start to implement today.

Give The Morale A Chance To Boost

You need to make sure that everyone feels as happy as possible working there, otherwise you can’t reasonably expect to see the kinds of changes you are hoping for. But keeping morale high can be an all-consuming task in itself, and you will want to try and make sure that you allow yourself the time to do more important tasks for the growth of the business as well. However, laying the foundation for strong morale is relatively easy and quick to do. Most of all, this is just a case of ensuring that you yourself are as polite, professional and friendly as possible when you are at work. People will look up to you or inspiration, so if you are acting this way, it will likely spread pretty fast. Before you know it, you will be able to see a marked improvement in the atmosphere of the office, and that is all you need for people to start working harder and longer. There is much to be said for the simple act of being polite, paying attention to the individuals you work with, and giving thanks. Try it from today, and see what kinds of changes you notice in your office.

Make Sure Everyone Is Comfortable

It might seem obvious enough, but if you want people to spend a lot of time at the office, you need to make sure that they are comfortable within that space. There is much that you might need to focus on to make this happen, and it is worth looking into if you are serious about improving your business. For a start, you might want to think about finding some good quality office furniture to kit out your office with. The more comfortable your people are sitting at their desks, the more likely they will feel able to stay there for much longer. You’ll also want to try and find some good ergonomic hardware for them to use, as this has much of the same effect. The more you provide for the comfort levels of your colleagues, the happier they will feel with staying behind late from time to time and putting in the hours necessary to build your business fast. Make your office as comfortable as you possibly can – you will be glad you did, and so will your employees.

Be Generous With Breaks

This next one might seem a little counter-intuitive, but it is actually highly effective in many offices around the world already. If you want your employees to feel happy about having long days, you need to make sure that you are relatively liberal with what kind of breaks you allow them. You don’t want anyone to feel chained to their desk if they are to be able to be there for longer; it might seem ironic, but being freer with break times often results in a much harder-working workforce all in all. It is definitely worth thinking about if you want to get even more out of your employees fast. As well as the break times you pan out, you should also think about trying to provide some comfortable and separate break areas for them to unwind in. This alone makes a huge difference to how everyone feels, and is definitely something you will want to consider as soon as you can afford it.

With the right approach, you can be sure that your employees will be happy putting in many more hours for your business – and that will result in much better performance all round, individually and as a team.

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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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