Okay, maybe not shot. That’s a little on the extreme side, but a good butt kicking is in order, right? Here you are, giving them steady work and a pleasant work environment, and they have the nerve to steal from you. But, then again, what if it’s your fault? Have you ever tried to kick your own butt? It isn’t easy to do, let me tell you, though you might deserve it at times.
If your employees are outright stealing from you, go ahead and kick them to the curb. Who needs that? But there are other scenarios that might make you feel as if they’re robbing you blind. After all, time is money. Try to wrap your mind around this:
As business owners, we are always looking for ways to grow our businesses. We have some of the most talented and trustworthy people working with us (we hope). Sometimes we do get a dud or two (throw them back in), but often, the problem lies not with the employees but with the way we manage them. Do you smell what I’m stepping in?
Most employees want to please their employers, and most are willing to go out of their way to do so. But what happens when you don’t give clear directives and/or share your expectations (tell ‘em what you want)? In that case, your employees can only do what they think is the best for you. This leaves you with employees who think they’re doing a bang up job while you’re wondering what’s wrong with them, what’s taking them so long, and if they slipped and bumped their collective heads before coming to work in the morning. Bottom line is you’re left wondering if they are just goofing off while you’re working your butt off to make sure they have jobs. It’s just like stealing your money, the lazy bums.
Assuming you have hired decent employees and weeded out the rejects, here are a few things you can do to make sure their time turns into money for you:
- Tell them what you want. Then tell them again. If you don’t ask for it, in very clear terms, you are not going to get it.
- Provide regular feedback. If they don’t know what they’re doing right or wrong, there is little hope to see more of the good stuff and less of the bad.
- Keep criticism constructive. Resentment isn’t much of a motivator to perform for you.
- Attempt to see things through your employees’ eyes. Find solutions that meet their needs and boost motivation.
- Lead by example. If your employees see you with skin in the game, they’ll be more likely to invest some of theirs.
- Deal with conflict quickly. Burying your head in the sand allows things to fester. Be fair and fast.
- Adjust policies and procedures as necessary. If it’s your policies that aren’t working, rather than your employees, scrap them and move along.
Before you set up the firing squad, take a good, long look at your employees and your way of managing them. If it’s you, not them, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
You got something to say or are you just sitting there looking pretty?–Charles Strickland, 2016
Charles is far from your typical business person. He’s always ready with big ideas and the initiative to back them up. Heck, at age 13, he started his own window-washing business and sold donuts door to door. And let me tell you, when you grow up in the woods of Georgia, the doors are miles away from each other. He did this all while helping his dad run one of the larger moonshine stills in Georgia. “Oh, those were the days.”
Charles, a devoted husband and father, has been building legitimate businesses since the 80s, including three successful contracting companies. He even tried out a personal and business bankruptcy once. That hurts. Don’t try that one out; it’s no fun.
Committed to helping others, he also put his considerable experience to work founding The National Aids Awareness Center, spearheading The Children’s Wish Come True Foundation and running Hope 4 the Homeless. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? Well, Charles wasn’t finished yet. He heard a voice (his wife’s ) say, “Move away from there! Michigan is the place you ought to be.” So they loaded up the truck and moved very slowly… toward big houses, cheap money and plenty of it. So somehow, he found himself in the mortgage business. Like Charles would say, “Now, that was a hoot.”
Always looking for something fun and profitable with one of the smartest women in the USA by his side, it was time to jump into the world of digital marketing, and the timing was just right. You will find Charles at different networking events promoting Michigan Marketer, which he co-owns, along with the other online publications he owns and operates with his wife.
Never content with being ordinary (because that’s just plain boring), Charles also teaches a class on entrepreneurship a couple of days a week at a private school. He brings a little bit of down home to everything he does, cracking epic jokes while he’s closing the big deals. Charles’ motto is “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.” Send Charles a message at Charlesfstrickland@gmail.com if you’ve got something to say.
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