Imagine this familiar scenario: it’s January 1st. As you set resolutions for 2021, you tell yourself all the things you told yourself last year. Whether it was about your routine, your diet, or anything in between, all too often the same thing happens…
Make a resolution to invest in your team this year
It’s hard to argue with a win-win. So what does investing in your team look like? There are numerous ways to invest in your people, even if you’re on a tight budget like most companies in Q1 of 2021.
For many, 2020 showed us that there is a wealth of inexpensive online training courses and e-learning sites that can deepen an employee’s skill set while supporting development. This makes it easy to show that you’re willing to expend some thought and energy furthering an employee’s growth.
Don’t forget about networking and conferences
2020 didn’t kill the conference, it just moved them online. That said, while we can still expect in-person events to be few and far between throughout 2021, there are still opportunities to make connections and help your team grow. Set a reminder to consistently look for professional development opportunities. It means a lot to your team!
Rethink Your Employee Evaluation Process
Sometimes running a small business is so consuming that you can’t fathom spending time doing quarterly or year-end employee evaluations. But stop for a minute and think about how that makes the employee feel. If you don’t have time to give them helpful feedback, what message does that send?
Carve out time to sit down with each employee you manage. Give them feedback on performance, areas for improvement, and a raise/bonus if at all possible. It is equally important to give them time to voice concerns.