As a business owner, it can be challenging to let go of your hold over all aspects of the company. It’s not because you’ve gone crazy on power but because your company is your baby. You feel you have its best interests in mind.
There are issues with this, however. The main one being that by ignoring opinions from others, you back yourself into a corner. You become resistant to change. You don’t get the full perspective. You’re smart, you’re successful, but there’s something to trusting your employees that can make you even more successful if you listen to ideas and give them the chance to prove themselves.
A lack of communication is one of the main problems employees face when completing tasks. It might be that they’re scared to voice their opinion or they feel that they don’t understand enough. Cultivating this attitude is an issue, and can hinder the growth of your company.
An open-door policy is a fantastic way to start, as this allows employees to come to you with whatever problems they might have. In turn, this communication helps to build trust between you and them, and it also allows everyone to get to know each other better.
Employees love a workplace where people feel free to speak their mind if they have a problem or don’t understand what you require of them. By allowing this, you manage to see your employees as people and not commodities. It’s essential to see them like this, as it breaks down the barriers of the Employer/Employee relationship and instead builds bridges that can only lead to greater success.
Releasing the Reins
Your employees are adults. They are educated, and they know what they’re doing. They have experience that is different to yours, but different doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
You’ll find that loosening the reins and letting your employees take on tasks without you overseeing them can be beneficial for morale and productivity. Nobody likes to have someone breathing down their neck all day, every day, and this newfound freedom should benefit both them, you, and the company.
The transition won’t be smooth, but once you get used to not being in charge of everything, you’ll find yourself with more time and less stress. Isn’t that what we all want?
High Risk, High Reward
For new companies, it can be hard to get off the ground, and this is why thinking outside the box can often prove fruitful. You can’t always get the best of the best, but you can often find diamonds in the rough that scream potential if they are only given a chance.
Successful people love to go where no one else has gone before, and that could include giving people a chance who might not get an opportunity elsewhere. While others may consider these people high risk, all they often need is a chance. It’s not always that simple, of course, and you may need to protect yourself and your company but more often than not everything works out fine.
You can read more about insurance procedures for high-risk individuals so they (and you) are protected should something happen both on or off the job.
Taking a Punt
Trusting employees doesn’t mean handing control over and letting the inmates run the asylum, far from it. But working alongside your employees instead of in front of them means you can share ideas and thoughts in a more trusting environment.