If you aren’t actively trying to keep your employees engaged already, you should be. Studies show that upwards of 85% of employees are actively disengaged in their current workplace. But what does this mean for a small business owner?
Employees who are not being engaged tend to be less productive in the workplace. There also tends to be higher turnover, a lower retention rate and poor employee morale in these types of workplaces.
In short, not encouraging engagement with employees can hinder your business, hurt your brand’s reputation and cost you a lot of money.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can strive to keep your employees more engaged and happier in the workplace!
1. Create the Right Environment
As a franchisee, you may not always have a say in the setup or layout of your business, but you can work to create a welcoming, positive environment for your employees.
Easy ways to do this include demonstrating a positive attitude, recognizing accomplishments and having the necessary equipment available at all times. Helping employees have a better work-life balance is another way to create an environment that individuals would like to spend their workdays in.
2. Professional Growth Opportunities
When it is time to fill a position, do you post a job online or hire from within? Making it known that employees have the room for professional growth within your business encourages them to work harder within the company.
If the opportunity for a new, higher up position becomes available, there should be an adequate opportunity for current employees to put in an application. Let the candidates have a fair shot at the position. It is never a good feeling to be passed up for a job you believe you’re qualified for!
3. Employees Are People, Too
It’s easy to get caught up in the business side of, well, your business. There are so many meetings to attend, goals to reach and tasks to complete. But it’s important to remember what (or rather, who) is making your franchise function and succeed on a day-to-day basis.
Your staff members are, first and foremost, people. Yes, they are the strategists, managers and other important personnel that drive your company, but they are human.
They require understanding, compassion and encouragement that every person desires in the workplace. Empowering your employees can improve motivation and productivity, which benefits your business in the long run.
Keeping your employees engaged is something you should always strive to do! It’ll help reduce onboarding costs and improve overall employee morale within the workplace.
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Have you heard the term running around like a chicken with its head cut off?
An entrepreneur’s day can be complicated, hectic and full of surprises. As a small business owner, you wear many different hats, every single day. It can be easy to lose track of time, feel unproductive and lack creativity from time to time. These situations can be amplified by disorganization or poor time management.
It may be time to sit back, re-evaluate your current time management abilities and create a new system that works more efficiently. Here are a few tips to help you manage your time effectively as a busy entrepreneur.
Make a List
The first step is to make a list of everything you have to do. Create separate lists for business-related and personal tasks.
Time management is about how you handle your personal time, as well as time spent working. Doing this well can also create a better work-life balance.
Sort Your Priorities
After you’ve made a list of everything that has to be done, begin sorting each item by priority. What has to be done first, or what has a deadline?
If there are larger tasks that will take a lot of time, break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks and prioritize those accordingly.
Procrastination happens to the best of us. Putting a task off until the very last minute is not only a recipe for stress and frustration, but it can throw your current to-do list out of whack.
Instead of procrastinating, break projects into smaller tasks, nip thoughts of procrastination in the bud and congratulate yourself when you’ve been proactive when you normally would have pushed a task to another day.
Delegate When Possible
Where can you outsource projects? Take a look at your to-do list and figure out which tasks can be delegated to others.
You may also need to consider outsourcing the job to a freelancer. The key here is to take tasks that you don’t personally have to do and have others complete them, taking the pressure off your shoulders.
Time management isn’t always about going, going, going all the time. Taking time for rest and relaxation can create a better work-life balance and put you in a better mind frame to be productive.
Rest is important and should be a regular part of your routine to help you reset.
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Company culture is one of the most influential factors when it comes to employee retention and overall growth. Dissatisfied employees cost companies billions of dollars in lost revenue each year, and up to one-third of employees do not feel engaged at work.
That’s why company culture is so important.
As a small business owner, there are many things you can do to create a positive work environment for your employees. A positive company culture can increase productivity, improve employee retention and boost your organization’s reputation.
Read on to find out how you can create a positive company culture in your business today.
When a goal is met or an employee has been working exceptionally hard, there should be some recognition for those achievements. Something as simple as a shout-out during a meeting can have a significant impact on employee morale.
When employees feel appreciated and engaged, they are more likely to produce results and be productive in the workplace.
Make Meetings Worth Attending
The phrase this meeting could have been an email is painfully familiar for most employees. Instead of conducting the same old, monotonous meeting, improve your workplace gatherings.
Every meeting should have a clear objective, allow time for input and produce results. Conducting smaller meetings, with fewer employees, can allow more opportunity for questions and discussion compared to larger, full-team meetings.
Be an Example
As a leader, it is your job to demonstrate the qualities you want in your workplace. Encourage open communication by leading discussions and allowing feedback.
When there are achievements within the company, celebrate them. Show your employees that their successes are important and won’t be swept under the rug. Also, be the prime example for behavior standards.
Setting an example for work-life balance is incredibly important. If the boss can work hard, be productive and still have a satisfactory existence outside of the office, so can the employees. The benefits of creating a solid work-life balance are endless and include increased productivity.
Creating a positive company culture is beneficial to your business. Employees will feel more engaged with their work, and productivity will increase. When valuable employees enjoy their work environment, they are more likely to stay with their company long-term.
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Stepping away from the corporate grind to run your business full-time is exciting, but there will also be obstacles that you’ll inevitably face. Sometimes, it’s a challenge to stay on task when there isn’t a boss or colleagues nearby to remind you to. Other times, the long days seem to drag on.
Entrepreneurship is defined as starting a business, risks included, with the intention of turning a profit. Beyond that, entrepreneurs wear many hats to make the business run. That being said, it can be easy to lose sight of your purpose and let your personal well-being take a back seat to the business.
When you’re feeling burnt out and unmotivated to keep doing the work to make your business succeed, these tips can help you refocus on the reasons you became an entrepreneur in the first place.
When your to-list seems never ending, it can be easy to push everything else aside. While entrepreneurship is a 24⁄7 gig, it is important to create work/life balance.
Balance could mean being home for dinner every night, exercising or a stop at your favorite coffee shop. Whatever it means to you, finding balance can help prevent burnout in your entrepreneurial journey.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Even when you’re busy, it is important to take care of yourself. Eating a balanced diet, getting fresh air and moving your body are all important to staying healthy.
When you forget to take care of yourself, mentally and physically, you’ll likely lack energy and become unfocused on your work.
Surround Yourself With Inspiration
More than half of America’s entrepreneurs cite being their own boss as a main reason they started their own business to begin with. Remembering why you started your entrepreneurial journey can help keep you focused on your goals.
Additionally, surrounding yourself with motivation—both professional and personal—can keep you on the right track. If you enjoy podcasts, find one that inspires you to focus on your goals or reminds you to take care of yourself. These regular small bits of motivation encourage you to keep your eye on the prize.
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Entrepreneurship is a journey that many begin, but not everyone continues. From starting a business from the ground up or purchasing a franchise, being your own boss comes with pros and cons.
Depending on your professional goals, franchising may have the perks that you desire for your entrepreneurial journey. So, is owning a franchise right for you?
Perks of Owning a Franchise
While there is a long list of benefits of joining a franchise, here are a few key perks that can help you decide if franchising is the right decision for you:
When you purchase a franchise, chances are you are joining a known company that has experienced some proven success. By becoming a franchisee, you are joining a business that has built-in brand awareness. Instead of starting a brand from the ground floor and hustling to create awareness, that step has been done for you.
Don’t think this means that running a franchise is easy—there are still many hats that a franchisee has to wear to keep the business running successfully.
A Support System
Purchasing a franchise means you’ll likely receive initial training and ongoing support for your business. When a company decides to franchise, it is important to maintain consistency throughout the different locations. This, in turn, increases brand awareness and creates a desirable, consistent experience for customers.
The level of support received from your franchisor varies and depends on many aspects of the business. Ongoing corporate support is one of the biggest reasons that entrepreneurs choose franchising over starting their own business.
Lower Startup Costs
More often than not, purchasing a franchise is less expensive than starting a company from scratch. Franchises also tend to bring in revenue more quickly than new businesses, due to ongoing corporate support and brand awareness.
For an entrepreneur, running a business can be an exciting endeavor. When deciding how to begin the journey of business ownership, consider the perks of purchasing a franchise.
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