How do you keep your small business from doubling as a weigh station?
Dr. Deepak Chopra, best-selling author and alternative medicine practitioner, posted a blog to LinkedIn describing how positive psychological bonds retain staff better than a big paycheck or hip office culture.
"If you aspire to be successful as an entrepreneur, manager, business owner, or any kind of leader, others must feel loyal to you," he wrote. Here, then, are five ways to ensure your small business keeps everyone happy.
Squash the rumor mill.
"Abstain from disloyalty, which shows up in small but telling ways," warns Chopra. Nothing kills trust like partaking in, or even encouraging, the office rumor mill, and those who feel they're the target of such back-talk will quickly become unmotivated.
"Be sympathetic and open to the people you work with," Chopra advises. Doing so will engender trust and encourage employees to express themselves more openly, a strong asset when communicating and sign of a more "transparent," or honest, work culture.
Know the difference between competition and rivalry.
A little competition is healthy, but too much can be toxic, says Chopra. "Rivalry is hostile; it implies that only one person can win." On the flip side, competition can inspire workers to think more creatively, coming up with ideas they may not have had if they hadn't been pushed.
Watch the details.
Believe it or not, it is important to know who your workers are and what makes them tick, says Chopra. "Loyalty runs deep when a person feels cared for and understood. Be alert to these needs. Make an effort to include everyone."
Share the success.
Nothing can make workers feel more undervalued than failing to acknowledge them for their efforts. Let's face it: A CEO owes his or her success to the employees. Show your appreciation, whether it's with tokens of recognition, as Chopra suggests, or a party or bonus. Chances are they'll appreciate it.