Being a boss is no easy task – when you leave your job to begin running a start up, there are more things you have to consider than simply your financial situation. If you’ve never run a company before, there are a lot of things that you need to learn. Here are some basics to help you run your company as though you’ve been doing it your entire life…
Figure Out How To Communicate
First of all, you need to work out how to communicate effectively and productively. You need to remember that seventy percent of the way you communicate isn’t through your words – it’s through your body language, and that combined with the importance of your facial expression and the tone of your voice means that a lot of the time, what you’re saying isn’t nearly as relevant as the way you’re saying it. If you want your employees to focus solely on your words, send them a no-frills email. If you want to make them feel a certain way, it’s important to deliver the information in person so that you can use visual body language as a method of communication.
As a boss, you may think that you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career but the truth is that you should never stop learning. Being curious and constantly expanding your knowledge is the best way to keep afloat in the business world. Resting on your laurels may seem like the easiest option, but let’s face it – the easiest option isn’t usually the best one to take, and if you run your own company then you probably aren’t the sort of person who usually opts for it anyway! It’s important to never let your ego get in the way of your willingness to learn and to better yourself. Make sure that you attend conferences – for example, Safety 2017 is a great one for anyone who works in that particular field. Talking to other professionals and finding out about new advances is the best way to keep your company going in the right direction.
Treat Your Staff Well
Finally, it’s crucially important that you treat your staff well. Making your staff feel valued is the best way to retain them for as long as you can. It’s important to provide good benefits and bonuses and to remain professional with them at all times. Unfortunately, as a boss, it’s a lot harder to make friends with the people who work for you than you might want it to be – that professional distance will help you remain consistent and fair with everyone. Make sure that you listen as much as you speak, if not more – other people’s ideas are valid and interesting, and they could help you to revolutionise the way that you run your company. Not only will treating your employees well help them want to stay at the company for a long time but it will also help with their productivity in the workplace. Working together towards a common goal is something that everyone will want to do.
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