Businesses fail every now and then, either as a result of negligence on the part of management or on the part of employees, or both, on what should be done. Usually when the vital ingredients that are supposed to make a business successful are neglected, it eventually fails.
However, businesses don’t just fail overnight; before they do, they present with certain signs that should suggest they are about to do so. Some of those signs presented include:
1. Employees are no longer enthusiastic about your business: Your employees are the lifeblood of your business; and the enthusiasm they show toward your establishment determines the level of success you should expect. When all is well, they are willing to do everything to make you succeed; they are passionate about their jobs and they are ready to tell anyone that they come in contact with the good stories concerning their business.
But when they stop being passionate and are no longer interested to talk good/positive stories about their establishment, it is an omen that your business is beginning to fail.
How do you change this?
One way to reverse this ugly trend is to motivate your employees. Let them know how well the company is doing and also let them know that customers and management think they are doing very well too. Learn to praise them if they are doing well. Minimize the tendency to be over strict when it comes to applying disciplinary measures.
2. Employees are not duly rewarded: Excellence, innovation and discipline are not duly rewarded. Workers are aware there is no reward for better performance and are therefore not willing to do better. When workers are not duly rewarded for their efforts, it is a sign of a failing business.
Advice: Take note of employees that are doing remarkably well and reward them so as to make others want to do better. Reward little things as punctuality, regularity to work, excellent performance, safety compliance, etc. Workers should see reasons why they have to do well.
3. Initiatives are not easily welcome by management: Another sign of a failing business is when management see themselves as ‘master-know-it-all’ and refuse to welcome any form of initiatives by the employees. The employees do not usually have any sense of belonging. They don’t see reasons why they should put in their best since their ideas are irrelevant and not usually accepted by management.
The way out?
Have personal interactions with the employees; allow them to make their observations and also bring up new ideas. If possible, have a suggestion box for them to air their opinions as to what they think could help the business. When certain ideas proposed by employees are implemented, they should be informed about it. This would make them feel they are relevant in the scheme of things. When they are aware their opinions count, they are willing to put in their very best.