We all have the idea of the perfect business environment. People are hard at work, everybody is interacting, and things are getting done. This is what a winning business looks like. There’s a buzz in the atmosphere and everybody is working to better themselves and the business. There’s a pretty good chance that your business may not have this winning environment. So how can you make your business environment a winning environment?
The best way to develop a winning environment is to create a drive in your employees. A drive to win, succeed, and better the individual and the business. When employees have this drive, a lot of other pieces fall into place. Employees become more concentrated, more invested in their work, and their work becomes higher in quality. The business becomes a winning business. So how does a leader in a business create that drive in their employees? Simply provide them incentives. Performance commissions, company profit sharing, and promotion opportunities are just a few great incentives that should create a drive in your employees to perform and win. When employees have an incentive and a goal to work towards, they get to work and push forward. This creates a different buzz in the workspace, a winning buzz that elevates the company to new levels.
Creating a drive in your employees is a wonderful way to create a winning buzz, but can create disappointment in employees who might miss a goal or two. Things don’t ever go perfectly, and those on the non-perfect end of the spectrum can become extremely discouraged in a goal driven workspace. So how do you keep that winning environment going in a workspace that may have some discouraged employees? In the simplest way possible; you encourage them. You let them know that missing goals isn’t the end of the world, that there is still plenty of opportunities to get back at it and succeed. Help them to see what areas they do great in and what areas they may need to improve in. But encouragement doesn’t stop there, employees that do well need encouragement as well. They need to be told that they’re doing a great job and to keep up the great work. Let them know how much they’re benefiting the company, and they should be encouraged to keep up their great work and keep moving forward.
While being driven and encouraging are great traits in a winning culture, this culture can’t reach its full potential without communication. Communication not only between employees, but between managers and employees is key. Employees should be congratulating each other when a big sale happens, and helping each other out when things aren’t running as smoothly. Managers should be sharing with employees goals and data that shows how they’re doing, while employees should be sharing with managers accomplishments and struggles with the team. There should be a constant flow of communication among all members of the company, and information should not be withheld by either managers or employees. With a constant flow of communication, employees and managers are kept up to date, goals are hit, and the winning culture lives up to its potential.
Being driven towards goals can sometimes cause employees to look past the tasks they have at hands. When you’re focused too much on the future, your attention can be taken off what you need to do in the present. Planning and preparing for the future is a great thing, but letting that overtake the tasks you have in front of you can be detrimental. Don’t ignore a client just to spend more time tending to the bigger client because you can see that bigger client spending more on your business in the future. Do the right thing in the present and tend to the smaller client as much as is necessary to complete the job. This can be seen in many different ways in different industries and businesses, but no matter how this scenario plays out, the message is the same; focus on the task at hand. Be task-oriented, take care of what is in front of you, and prepare for the future when you can. If you do this, you will find that your goals will actually be easier to hit and your work will be smoother and more productive.
What would a winning environment be without a little celebration? Without time for celebration and rewards, a workspace can quickly become a dull and boring environment that employees dread going to. The same work routine without celebrating accomplishments will become just what it is, routine. And a winning culture is not a routine culture. So take the time to celebrate the accomplishments of employees. Throw an office party, present them with a reward, even conduct an accomplishments meeting. It doesn’t have to all be big either. Simply telling someone congratulations or acknowledging them in front of other employees can be enough to break the everyday routine and encourage employees to keep striving towards their goals. Employees will have a new fire in them knowing that they too will be celebrated if they reach their goals.
A winning business is a successful business, so building a winning business environment means bringing success to the business.Create that drive in your employees, encourage them, celebrate their accomplishments. You will find that productivity will sharply rise, and the business will be brought to new levels.