Growing your Employee Base

You can’t go it alone. When you start your business, you’re going to expand eventually which means you will be hiring employees.

It’s an exciting time for your business when you start building your team. You need to pick people you can work with, people who can work with you, people who inspire you to achieve, and you inspire in response. So, how do you build rapport with your team?

1. Be a confidant

Not everything is about work. Your small business might be your passion, but to your employees, it’s a job. By building a safe community for employees to feel like their passions are welcome, you can build trust among your staff. Encouraging their passions will lead them to helping you achieve yours.

2. Do you trust them?

It seems like a simple thing, but it’s obvious when you trust your employees. Are you hovering over them after giving them an assignment? Are you respecting their work? As a small business owner or entrepreneur, there’s the temptation to micromanage. Even if you have a specific viewpoint on how things should be done, not everyone works the way you do. Show them you trust them and they will return the favor.

3. Foster team building

Your employees trust you, you trust your employees. Now, do they trust each other? There are many different factors to watch out for in your employee pool. Some people work well with others. Some people are better off alone. When hiring, try to discover how each individual works best. When put into the office atmosphere, your employees will feel safer with each other if you account for their preferences.

Don’t forget group fist pumps.

4. Beware the room killer

There’s a term in improv. Room killer.

A room killer is someone who draws attention to themselves and doesn’t contribute valuable ideas. He will pass others work on as his own. He is the first to tell someone they aren’t adding anything to the room. They are the first to tell someone they’re wrong. It’s not that they want to work alone. They want to be the teacher’s pet in a post high school world. It’s not hard to pinpoint a room killer. When this person talks, you can feel the energy sucked out of the room. It’s up to you how you deal with a room killer. No matter how you do it, you have to do it.

Whether an introvert or an extrovert, you are the leader of your employees. You can build an effective team that works well with you and takes your business to the next level.

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Posted on April 1, 2013, in Biz Tips, Entrepreneur, Small Business and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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