Business Owners! How Do You Stand By and Support Your Team?

Posted by David Chism | Thu, May 25, 2023

 Business Owners! How Do You Stand By and Support Your Team?

There are so many buzz­words and clich­es when it comes to devel­op­ing a strong cul­ture and team at work. Things that sound good on paper but real­ly don’t trans­late to any prac­ti­cal, tan­gi­ble improve­ments. If you spend time on Insta­gram espe­cial­ly, you may have seen the memes and reels about com­pa­ny piz­za par­ties: man­agers and own­ers only show­ing up to show appre­ci­a­tion with a break room full of piz­za, as though it some­how com­pen­sates for their poor dai­ly man­age­ment skills.

In oth­er words, one ges­ture doesn’t undo an ongo­ing lack of sup­port and validation.

So how CAN we sup­port employ­ees in the work­place? It might be con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion, inter­nal career tracks/​advancement, bonus­es, etc… But one thing I’ve learned over the years is how some­times the sup­port you offer out­side of work can make the biggest difference.

Don’t for­get to fac­tor in your team’s life out­side of work, too

I’ve noticed that employ­ees’ per­for­mance can go down­hill at times, and while it’s impor­tant to take notice and take action, I also try to ask myself: What is going on that is caus­ing this?”

It could be: 

  • Med­ical issues

  • Divorce and rela­tion­ship strug­gles at home

  • Finan­cial instability

  • Men­tal health concerns

  • Wor­ries about kids or aging parents

  • …and the list goes on!

Obvi­ous­ly you can’t pry into an employee’s pri­vate life, but it’s impor­tant to remem­ber that what’s going on in their own spheres is inevitably spilling over into their work. If there is some­thing that you can do to help in a tan­gi­ble way, do it. Offer a day off, sup­port a GoFundMe, give a gift cer­tifi­cate for take­out so that they don’t need to cook.

In order for my employ­ees to per­form their best and help the com­pa­ny be at its best, I believe action is required as a busi­ness owner. 

Nobody should be treat­ed like they’re eas­i­ly replaceable

Some­times peo­ple say that if you were to die tomor­row, then you are eas­i­ly replace­able at your com­pa­ny — that you are just anoth­er num­ber, and I don’t under­stand that. 

At A David Cre­ation (ADC), our employ­ees are not just anoth­er name on pay­roll. They are NOT eas­i­ly replace­able. They are not just anoth­er body walk­ing around the office or warm­ing up a seat — tak­ing up space. Every per­son who works here is an invalu­able mem­ber and an asset to the com­pa­ny. I hope to treat each employ­ee like he or she means some­thing so that when tough times arise, they can con­fide in me, and I can help to the best of my abil­i­ties. I have an open door pol­i­cy that, if they feel com­fort­able, they can let the team know what is up. We are fam­i­ly” if you will! We all want to know how we can sup­port one another. 

As the busi­ness own­er, I want to make sure my employ­ees’ emo­tion­al, phys­i­cal, men­tal, and spir­i­tu­al needs are being met as much as pos­si­ble. We’re all human, and we all deserve com­pas­sion. I (we) want them to be their best not only in the work­place but also in their per­son­al lives. I stand with my employ­ees and want to cre­ate and main­tain a healthy cul­ture to ensure we’re all at our best. 

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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