Getting more from your team – the greatest trick in business

By Henry Brown

Some people say that if you want something done right, you’ll have to do it yourself. Those people are deluded. In reality, being able to let go of the reins and stop micromanaging everything is the key to small business success. Learn to empower employees so they can help the business, and your venture will be destined for far greater outcomes.

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, maximizing the productivity and success of your team will transform the entire venture. Here’s what you need to do.

Recruit well

First and foremost, you will need to build a team comprised of great candidates. Of course, there are plenty of ways to help them grow as employees over time. Still, if they do not boast the rudimental skill and personality traits to succeed, your results will be limited.

Hiring employees is an integral part of any business operation, but you must accept the legal requirements too. Aside from satisfying those rulings, it will go a long way to preventing high staff turnover rates. In truth, this is one of the greatest successes of all. If employees keep coming and going, you’ll never gain any consistency.

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They say a bad workman blames his tools. However, there’s no doubt that even the best employees will start to complain if the facilities aren’t up to scratch. Whether it’s office computers or warehouse machinery, you need to stay ahead of the game.

Crucially, areas in which employees interact with clients should boast the best products. A table service point of sale system, for example, can transform the restaurant environment for the better. Shop floor facilities can do the same for retailers. If staff members can work efficiently and without any mishaps, it’s great news for everyone.

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It’s one thing to ensure that the right facilities are in place. Sadly, though, it counts for very little if your employees are unable to use those resources to their full potential. Investing in the best staff training is, therefore, considered essential. And it should take place on a regular basis.

As well as teaching them about new software and facilities, you may want to teach sales scripts and ideas that feed into the brand image. Building a sense of unity is crucial if you want to see long-term success. When combined with the right team building exercises, there’s nothing to stop your team from achieving greatness.

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Employees can gain motivation from a host of sources covering personal goals and a love of the company. Nonetheless, getting paid remains the main purpose of any job. Pay them a suitable salary and show that there is a path to progress for far greater returns. And then take it even further.

Pensions and work scheme benefits can have a hugely positive impact too. In addition to boosting motivation and productivity within the team, the positivity should extend to the clients. When customer experiences improve, the revenue will soon follow. If that doesn’t inspire you to pay greater attention to getting more from the team, what will?


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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