If you have grown your business to more than just yourself, then you are doing something right. Hiring new employees means your business is growing, and you have decided to hire someone to take control of a job that you have done in the past. This then gives you more time to manage your business. If you do not feel comfortable letting your employees work by themselves, without monitoring them, then you have not set your employee up for success. There are many ways to set your employees up for success, but we have found that keeping it simple is best. Here are 3 tips to get you started on setting your employees up for success:
This is key (no pun intended). If you do not give your employees the proper training, how will they know what your standards are? This takes time and a lot of patience. What might be second nature to you most likely is new to your employee. Spend the time necessary to train your employees correctly. It will be more work for you at first, but it will pay off in the long run.
Set Clear Short-Term Goals
It is a must to set short term goals. Have a short meeting with them at the beginning of each week to go over what their goals are and help them prioritize them. Discussing weekly goals with your employees will help them be accountable for achieving them and lets them know what you expect of them for the week. When setting goals together, use the SMART acronym:
You should write the goals down and review them. At the end of the week, if the goals were not being achieved, find out what distracted them. If you are not measuring success, you will miss an opportunity to praise your employee. Remember, praise can go a long way.
Follow these simple three steps and your employees will soon be freeing up your time and helping you grow your business. Have too much on your plate and struggle to manage your time as an owner? Read about how you can have better time management here.