Give them your time and attention
You as a business owner will most probably know about that business more than anyone else and if there is one person who can teach and educate the employees on how to do their job the best way possible, it is you. Of course, you will not have the time to spend hours every day training your staff and giving them classes. Still, you can set aside a few hours every week and give them first-hand insight into certain aspects of the business.
It goes without saying that you will do everything in your power to help an employee if they come to you with specific questions. You are there to help them and improve their skills that way. It would also be a good idea to encourage an environment where the employees will be encouraged to ask you questions.
Provide them with professional education
We are not saying that you should be sending all of your employees to college and paying for years of it here. There are plenty of business courses out there where you can send your employees and where they can learn about business. If these seem too expensive to you, you can always find another similar business to yours and divide the costs, especially if both your businesses are smaller. In addition to this, you can always choose to send one or two representatives from your company on a course and later have them try and impart their newly-acquired knowledge to the rest of your employees.
Online courses are another great way to have your employees learn new skills and improve their knowledge. In general, online courses are much more affordable than the more traditional business courses and they take up less time and planning. It is very important that you know how to find reputable teachers whose courses will actually provide your employees with applicable skills and insights.
Rewarding the best employees
Investing in your employees is not just about enhancing their skills. It is also about rewarding those who have gone beyond the call of duty and who have set themselves apart from the rest. In every business environment there are those who will do just a bit more and who will earn rewards. Many experts agree that the employee of the month concept is outdated and that it should be something less structured. For instance, you can give our bonuses to the best employees, reward them with a few days of paid vacation, a few free days, something like that.
A really successful business is the one that cares about the employees and that always tries to advance their skills and make them happy in the workplace. The good news is that this is nothing that should take up too much of your time and money. The benefits will more than outweigh the expenses in any case.
Author: Leana Thorne has worked in a number of offices and she knows all about office ecology. She is also a huge tech freak who loves blogging about her passions. Find her on Twitter – @LeanaThorne.