Improving Communication Between You and Your Staff
As every entrepreneur will tell you, a well-rounded staff can be the difference between a successful wholesale beading business and a company that is left behind by its competitors. Although it may take some time for you to hire enough people to create an efficient staff, the end result can be a support group that helps you launch new ideas and become an industry leader.
In the initial stages of hiring employees and crafting a staff that you can rely on, it can be difficult to break the ice. Even after working together for a few weeks, there still might be a certain amount of shyness to overcome with each other. As the entrepreneur and leader of your company, it's important that you tackle this barrier sooner rather than later.
By allowing the silence to linger, you risk straining relationships between you and your employees. To make sure everything is running like a well-oiled machine, look for ways to encourage individuals to be social. It should also be a priority to open the waves of communication between you and each of your employees. But what if you aren't exactly the most talkative person? Here are some tips on how to break the ice with your staff and communicate effectively on a regular basis.
1. Understand your business' culture.
As a beading company, your business should be fun and engaging. After all, designing beads for your clients can give you a creative outlet to utilize on a daily basis. However, not all might be bright and sunny across your staff, especially if they have yet to get to know each other.
Entrepreneur.com recommends taking a moment to analyze your working environment and culture. Are your employees anxious? Do they feel like they can't express themselves to you or their colleagues? The goal should be to identify any underlying social issues and confront them as soon as possible. In the end, you'll be able to remedy the situation and make your business a happier place to work.
2. Create a sense of community.
Perhaps your employees aren't talking as much as they could be because they don't feel like they're a part of a group. As the leader of the company, it's important that you make it a point to create a sense of community within your business. Whether you have several new employees who could use the support or your staff has been together for months, it's crucial that you step in and try to make everyone feel welcome. Think about inviting everyone out for drinks after work or ask your colleagues out to lunch. These small initiatives can go a long way.
3. Don't leave anyone in the dark.
If your staff is already having trouble getting to know each other the worst thing you can do is to keep them in the dark. AmericanExpress.com Open Forum reports that it's best to make sure you keep your employees in the loop about everything that is going on with your beading business. Whether you have bad or good news to share, making sure everyone is on the same page can go a long way. In the end, your employees will garner more respect for you and better understand the workings of your business.
4. Be open to communication.
Feedback is a crucial part of any growing business. Whether your beading company just launched or you've been in business for a few months, you should make it a priority to expand your initiatives and constantly work toward your goals as an entrepreneur. In order to do this, you'll want to make sure that you allow room for feedback from your employees. Developing a strong staff is about recognizing that communication is a two-way street. Although your employees might not always have something good to say, listening to the feedback and learning from it can help you better improve your company.
5. Meet in groups and schedule one-on-one sessions.
In order to gather valuable feedback and keep a finger on the pulse of your wholesale beading company, it's important that you schedule meetings on a regular basis. Many people see meetings as a waste of time, but they don't have to be if you organize them accordingly. This means creating and distributing an agenda, keeping your meetings brief and making sure they bring fresh ideas to the table.
Try to schedule them with small groups of employees. This will ensure that everyone has time to talk and give their input on company matters. In between hosting group meetings, don't forget to schedule one-on-one sessions with each of your employees. This will not only show them that you care about their personal outlook, but that you're willing to work with them to make the company a better place.
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