Guidance, stability, and support – three pillars that make for a strong, thriving business. They, in fact, go back to the people who are employed. They are the heart and soul of a flourishing company. But they also need the encouragement and tools in order to succeed in their jobs. This, in turn, will lead the business to overall success.

Having a stable job, first of all; knowing you’re being offered the guidance so you’re aware of the company’s goals and values; getting the support you need to personally and professionally advance in your career – ideally within the company – are vital for a business’s longevity. Because after all, it is only as successful as its employees. 

Many companies have come to understand that they have to put their people first if they want to succeed. They try new dynamics in work approach, offer more incentives, create new visions for work-life balance to stay attractive to their main capital, their employees. After all, it’s a two-way road: Businesses seek success, but since work is such an integral part of our lives, we seek an atmosphere and job place that “feels just right” – and that means it needs to tend to the needs and desires of people who live in an ever-changing culture, in which expectations and ways of life fluctuate frequently.

Guidance Instead of Undermining

Many of us seem to go through the motions. Oftentimes, we even dread going to work. It may not necessarily be the co-workers or the actual work environment, let alone the job we’re doing. We may just like all that. But what’s overshadowing our “I am motivated for another day at the office” spirits is one thing – or, more precisely, one person: our boss. 

Your enthusiasm seems to be lacking simply because of the thought of your supervisor or manager, albeit everything else technically being ideal. Unfortunately, it’s the non-approachable nature of the leading figure, or the one we report to. And that can be a true issue. Instead of being intimidating, though, bosses should lead by example and inspire their employees with their attitude and actions. Undermining their employees, not being susceptible to constructive criticism themselves, not valuing their workforce and acknowledging the work they do as they contribute to the company’s future success is leading to less motivation and commitment, and a less encouraging work atmosphere. This, in turn, will turn people away. 

Most of us […] need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal – Jerome Fleishman

There’s a simple solution to this: Turning to one’s employees, valuing their visions, ideas, and offering them training for personal and professional growth opportunities – within the company. This will keep people around and a return of investment in many respects is guaranteed. We want to feel valued; we want to find and see purpose in what we’re doing. Bosses need to be approachable; show up for their employees; mingle with them; and support efforts for a healthy relationship.

Flexible hours? Generous amount of leave? Bonuses? Unconventional offices with hang out spots, a stocked fridge, free beverages. Maybe a game room to re-energize? The list is long. But one thing is for sure: The drive to work for a company that is “people friendly” and keeps its employees at its core will always be greater than one that believes in outdated, strict rules and uninspiring atmospheres. 

To Keep and to Profit

Stability, Guidance, Support – the pillars for employees’ success, which then ultimately benefits the growth of the entire business – Sydney, Australia

Guidance and support are incredibly important for employees. Guidance, specifically when it comes to their job performance; support also in regards to their personal (family) life. This includes flex hours, the ability to take time off short notice when needed, and a feeling of general understanding from their boss’s end that the time for an extensive private life is crucial for excellent performance on the job. When a person is able to live a fulfilled personal life, they are more motivated and happier to go to work and do their job more efficiently and detailed. We all know it starts with “us”. 

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work-life balance, hence, gets a whole different meaning nowadays. And this starts within the work environment. Offering yoga classes, casual lunches, treating their employees to a spa treatment or offering tickets to a movie for the whole family when a project has been completed successfully are only a few examples. Creating a less stressful work environment with two-way instead of daunting one-way communication, promoting teamwork and team-building activities, as well as discussing the company’s philosophy, mission, and values on a regular basis helps people to feel a stronger connection to their organization. The ability to suggest ideas without hesitation and be taken seriously is imperative. 

Growing Employees, Growing Business

A company’s goal should be to keep their employees as long as possible. This includes – besides work-life balance activities – incentives, interaction, training opportunities, and the room to freely grow with the company. Yet, a fair employer is not mad if a person feels their path has ended here; they need to leave, as there is no more room to evolve. 

Minimizing hierarchies is important, as well. Therefore, the boss ideally is someone who guides, leads by example, and is well respected, but in a positive way. Someone one can easily talk to instead of being afraid of their “authority”. It is someone who makes their employees feel good about themselves and the position they are in. It’s finding the right balance between challenging them and throwing them in the cold water (for learning purposes) and encouraging them that they are doing a great job. 

Making efforts to keep employees ultimately means a profit for the company. 

Stability and Inspiration

Inspiration is the key for innovation. And business owners – no matter if they offer a service or product(s) – strive for exactly that: innovating to present their customers with something new, something that fits into the needs-and-wants spectrum of a rapidly evolving socioeconomic environment. 

And what do employees seek? Stability. Knowing their job is secure. With it comes trust. However, they also want to evolve within their position or company at large. A stable environment with room to grow. It’s proven that organizations who offer inspiring, bright, airy environments, allowing their employees to take breaks when needed and fuel their imagination and perspectives on things, letting them work more on their own terms without micromanaging, see a significant boost in productivity.

Creativity for the Win

This increased efficiency based on happier employees leads to greater innovation, faster. Creating a creative environment that is not mundane, gray and boring stimulates the senses and fuels the creative spirit. Open floor plan, but cozy, secluded places for concentration and more focus as well; maybe some background music, and lots of light and glass to also physically break down the barriers of hierarchy and give the space for open communication.

Because when people feel they are on the same level – quite literally – thoughts, ideas and visions are being exchanged, communication flows better and more easily, and we feel a sense of worth and belonging. This, in return, increases our sense of caring for an organization, just because we feel we’re a greater part of it. 

Inspiration, in every respect, is vital for personal, professional, as well as business growth. Once understood, the company’s dynamics will change rapidly – for better work-life balance and happier folks overall, no matter the position exercised. 

How do you envision the perfect work environment? Or, rather, what do you love most about the atmosphere at your job? If you’re a business owner: How do you create that inspiring, nurturing environment for your employees?