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A Small Business Is Only As Good As It’s Worst Member

When you first start a business, it is very easy to tell what you can and can’t do. Given that you are likely to be the only one working for the company at this stage, you won’t have to deal with any confusion when you’re choosing to take on a task. Of course, though, as your work develops, you will want to take more people on, and this can start to make things a lot more complicated. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to bring everyone up to the same level, ensuring that there isn’t a weak point holding you back.

Long-Term Assessment

While a lot of employees won’t like having reviews every month, skills can change very quickly, and it will be hard to know where someone sits if you’re not checking up on them. Most companies will handle this through personal development plans. Using information about their current work, you can give them a good idea of what they need to do to improve, adapting their targets with each assessment to make sure that they’re always working towards the right goals. You can find templates and guides all over the web which will help you to start going through this process with the people working with you.

Training & Learning

Some of the improvements which your team members need to make won’t be things which they can do by themselves. Instead, you will need to find ways to teach your team how to handle their evolving work. ELMO Learning Management software is one of the most cost-effective ways to achieve something like this, providing your business with the resources to train and teach almost any relevant skill. Along with this, for jobs which are a little more complex, you could also consider helping your team member’s to work towards better qualifications, as this sort of approach will always improve the work they produce.

Honesty

Most people don’t like the idea of being the person holding a business back. While you shouldn’t be making people feel guilty for things like this, being honest about people’s performance can be a great way to push them just a little bit further. A lot of modern companies use scoreboards for this. Having it displayed somewhere everyone can see it makes everyone think about the work they are doing, rather than simply trying to get it done as quickly as possible. Of course, as a big part of this, you may be able to spark a little bit of healthy competition if you play your cards right.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of building your business up to be as good as it can be. It can be hard when you have to rely on other people to get work done, especially when you’re only just getting started. As time goes on, though, you will start to find this easier, as you get better at managing your company.

About the author, Mark

Mark Asquith is a serial entrepreneur who has built globally successful design, marketing, software and digital businesses since he quit his real job in 2005.

A passionate podcaster, global keynote speaker and helpful bloke, Mark is the co-founder of Podcast Websites and the creator of Excellence Expected. He has a terribly embarrassing beard.

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