Oct 14, 2013 Written by 
If you can't beat them - join them.

I am not sure about you, but I have often been completely dumb-founded by the way some employees believe the world revolves around them and working for an organization isn't a two way street. I am sure every entrepreneur and business owner can attest to having at least thought this at some point in their business life.

The truth I have learnt - the hard way, I might add - is that all employees have employers up against the wall.

We all know:
  • It's easier to work with what you have and less costly then employing someone new
  • Hire slowly, fire fast
  • One negative person can cause a virus
  • Performance is linked to employee happiness
  • Some employees feel "entitled" and there is nothing you can do about it other then put bandaides on it

With all of this in mind, smart employers are realizing that if they don't like being up against the wall, then they have to lay the right footprint to exceed employees expectations and deliver an environment conducive to productivity and excellence.

How employees have business owners up against a wall


There are some things you may want to consider implementing: 

  • Employee communications strategy
  • Culture book
  • Employee events
  • Ongoing training and development for all employees
  • Employee social media engagement
  • Happiness champions internally and externally
  • Employee counselling (external/strictly confidential)
  • Friday newsflashes
It seems like a lot of work - and I agree, but at the end of the day, employees have all the power and don't we know it!
Mellissah Smith is a serial entrepreneur and business leader with more than 20 years' experience in marketing.
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Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert, author, writer, public speaker and technology innovator. Having worked with more than 300 companies across technology, medical device, professional services, manufacturing, logistics, finance and health industries, Mellissah has a well-established reputation as an experienced marketing professional with more than 20 years experience. As the founder and managing director of Marketing Eye, she has taken the company from startup to a multi-million dollar enterprise with offices in Australia and the US. Mellissah is also the Editor in Chief of Marketing Eye Magazine, a quarterly magazine that cover marketing, entrepreneurship, travel, health and wellbeing. #mellissah #marketingeye

2 comments

  • Lani
    Lani
    30/10/13

    Great insight Mellissah - definitely agree that happy employees = happy customers and hence profits!

  • Brenna Cassette
    21/10/13

    Thanks for your insight for the great posting. I am glad I have taken the time to see this.

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