Growing Your Business Team as You Would Your Family
There are a lot of parallels between raising a family and leading a company. The responsibility, the stress, but also the satisfaction that comes with doing it right. And while you might be thinking that your team doesn’t need babying (and your teenager would say he or she doesn’t either), there is something to be said about guiding and supporting your employees like you do your children.
Children thrive under structure. Of course, they need room for creativity and flexibility, but having something that they can depend on is key for proper maturing. They need to understand who gets the final say and know that it comes from a place of respect and love, not as punishment. If it’s clear, it eliminates the power struggle and teaches them how to follow but also gives the opportunity to observe how leaders act.
Your employees also need to understand the team hierarchy, who reports to whom, and where the responsibility is resting. While collaboration is an important part of developing the company, employees happier and more satisfied when their roles and spot on the team are well defined.
In life there are natural consequences to your actions, and it’s good for your kids to learn this early and in a safe environment. From waking up on time, to doing their chores, when they are accountable and dependable, they are a real asset to the family.
While no employee likes to have their boss or manager breathing over their shoulder, it could be time to use a career management software. There they can ask for time off, report their timesheets, and work with you to plan how to develop skills that would be an asset to their role and their personal development. If you know that there’s a tool to do this easily, then you can be more trusting of their level of accountability.
Looking for the Good
Parents are supposed to help their kids find their “true selves”, which can come with a line up of skills, faults, talents, and interests. Giving them the opportunity to find what makes them happy and truly capturing their strength can give them self-confidence, joy, and direction.
Employees are more likely to stay with a company and give their all when they feel like the company is invested in them. From skill building, to mapping out career aspirations, to understanding the juxtaposition between their professional and personal life, employers should be part of their formation as an expert in whatever they are doing.
While parenting and managing are two very different roles, there are lessons to be learned and applied in one that can transfer to the other, and vice versa. When you put yourself into all that you do, the harvest of the results can be overwhelming.