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How to Be a Successful Employer

Updated on March 11, 2017

When it comes to being a successful employer, there are a lot of things that have to happen. Obviously, employees want a fair wage and they want to know that they are being paid what they are owed. However, being a good employer does not stop there. You also have to create a welcoming environment and lead by example. You have to listen to your employees, be patient and teach at every opportunity. You would be doing yourself a favor to put yourself in their shoes from time to time. Last but not least, you must appreciate your employees or they will go somewhere else where they are appreciated. Here are most important points to make yourself a successful employer.

Pay a Fair Wage

Of course, employees will be much happier with what they see on their payment slips if you are paying them a fair wage. No one wants to feel like their time is not valued and when you barely pay an employee for the work they are doing, that is exactly how they feel. In addition, they have to be able to make enough for it to be worth their while to spend the time that is required to get the job done or they will simply choose to move on to a different location that is willing to pay them that wage. If you want the best employees, you have to pay competitive wages. Otherwise, you wind up getting employees that are either new to the field or that are not skilled enough to work in the most competitive environments. This can cause a marked decrease in productivity for your company and it can lead to a number of other problems as well. You can save yourself the trouble by simply paying competitive wages and valuing your employees’ time enough to give them what they deserve.


Provide a Salary Slip

Employees want to know that they are being paid what they deserve. If you simply write them a check or you pay them in cash, they have no way of knowing exactly how many hours they have been paid for or what deductions have been taken out of their paychecks unless you provide a salary slip. It is not enough to merely provide pay to your employees without an explanation of why they made what they made. They want to know that they are being paid the right wage for the amount of hours that they have worked and they also want to know that they are not having pay deducted from their checks without a valid reason. Even if you take great care to pay your employees a fair wage without cheating them out of a dime, the very idea of paying them without providing a payment slip allows room for suspicion and eventually, a lack of trust. This can be like a poison in a work environment so your best course of action is to provide the payment slip and avoid allowing it to happen in the first place. You can easily get a salary slip format by searching online and customize perfect one for your business needs.

Create a Welcoming Environment

Employees want to work in a place where they are comfortable. As long as you create an environment that is welcoming, you will be more apt to get the best employees and you will also be more apt to keep the ones that you already have. Less turnover means reduced costs associated with training new employees so it is in your best interest to do so as well.


Lead by Example

How can you expect your employees to do things in a certain fashion if you and the other leadership in the company are not doing the same things? Unfortunately, employees will do what they see the leadership doing. If you have someone in a position of leadership that is acting inappropriately, you cannot expect your employees to follow appropriate protocols at all times when the people that are supposed to be in charge are not doing the same thing. One of the most difficult things to do is learn to be a good leader. Almost anyone can be a manager, because that often comes with nothing more than a title. Being a good leader, on the other hand, means that you have to learn how to communicate well with others and how to reach people that may be difficult to reach. You also have to learn how to get a group of people to work together in order to achieve the best outcome, which is not always an easy task.


Listen to Your Employees

Part of being a good leader means that you have to learn how to listen. It is not enough to merely hear the words that are coming out of their mouths, but instead you have to actually hear and understand what they are saying. Sometimes, you will have an employee that is having a serious issue that is related to the workplace or even one that has nothing to do with work. Either way, learning to listen to your employees can give you a tremendous benefit when it comes to developing a good rapport with them. If they feel that they can talk with you about virtually any subject, they will be more apt to go the extra mile for you and they will also be more likely to tell you when something is wrong.

Be Patient

As an employer, you will likely find yourself in a position where you can become extremely frustrated from time to time. After all, not every employee is going to do their best work at all times, nor even make the effort to show up on time. While you have to set clear boundaries, it is equally important to be patient. Let each employee know exactly what you expect of them and then give them an opportunity to do that on their own. No employer likes to fire an employee, and that should be a last resort for something that is serious enough to warrant it. Otherwise, give them an opportunity to grow and learn. They may not be the perfect employee, but you might be able to help them become better than they were before.

Teach Constantly

As an employer, you have an opportunity to be an individual who can constantly teach your employees. Sometimes, this involves teaching them about the proper way to do their job but at other times, you actually have the opportunity to teach someone how to grow as a human being. This is one of the most rewarding gifts associated with being an employer. You actually have the chance to change someone's life by giving them an opportunity and then teaching them how to use it to the fullest advantage possible. You also have the opportunity to teach them how to do the same for someone else later on.

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

When you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, it becomes much easier to understand why they do what they do. Sometimes, employers have a tendency to automatically expect the worst of their employees but this is an environment that is not conducive to being a good employer or producing the best qualities in an employee. If you try to identify with them and understand why they are behaving in a certain way, it becomes much easier for you to address concerns appropriately. It also helps you get the maximum level of productivity from each employee, thereby increasing company productivity and allowing you to make more money.

Appreciate Your Employees

This is perhaps the most important thing you can do when it comes to being a good employer. Appreciate the people that work for you. Tell them on a regular basis that you do appreciate them and that you value the time and the effort that they put in on your behalf. Show them that you appreciate them with generous wages, benefit packages and paid time off. Go the extra mile by showing them that you appreciate them while giving them an opportunity to get additional education so that they can move up in their careers. The more that you appreciate your employees, the longer that they will work for you and the more effort they will put forth for you. An employee that feels appreciated is more likely to stay with the company and go the extra mile even if they are making less than someone who is working for another company. However, if you fail to appreciate your employees, it does not matter how much you pay them, you will have a high turnover rate on an almost constant basis.

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Being a good employer is a difficult task, to say the least. It is never an easy task and when you are dealing with other individuals, but you have to learn how to adopt the aforementioned steps in order to maintain the best staff at all times. Doing so will ultimately benefit both you and your employees in the long run. Furthermore, you will be glad that you took the time to work toward these goals when you see how much being a good employer can benefit the entire company.


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      Monica Langley 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks Ericdierker for taking your time to read this hub. And of course you are right; I think these are some very important and very basic points for every hardworking employer to learn. Thanks again for encouraging comment :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A great hub with great stuff. As I am not an employer at the moment I was inclined to apply this to being human. The fit is excellent. Thanks