Life itself is only a vision – a dream…RSS
When you’re living a life of business there is a lot of chatter about the significance of customer loyalty. Even a lot of small business owners out there overlook the importance of their people, but not reminding yourself of what they contribute to the mission can be a wrong step in the direction of bankruptcy. If you haven’t thought of it by now, there is still plenty of time for you to save you and your business.
If you think about it there are tons of reasons why keeping your people loyal to your company is a mandatory need. They’re the ones who keep the operation going, and they’re the ones that deliver the quality and value of your product or service to the customer. They uphold your company and will make ambition one of your tenets or solve problems before they grab your attention.
Loyalty should be the number one priority of any business out there, and it needs to be standard for any business strategy out there. It’s just that damn important.
Here are some of the tips and tricks that should help you along your way…
Make it happen
If you really want to make it happen, spend a good amount of your time thinking about the true meaning of loyalty. Create a dream team of your most loyal people and do whatever you can to make it real. Even though you might come to realize that some people will have to be let go, or that you have to restructure the way you do business, it must be done. When you see what needs to change and how much of it, everything that comes after will flow perfectly with the rest.
You betta recognize, foo!
First things first, you have to realize that some people are loyal from birth, while others are the total inverse of it. With that said, get rid of those who are not fully vested in your company’s vision. Swap them out with those who go above and beyond the call of duty of anything and everything. If they have proved their loyalty from past experience, they’re going to do the same in the future. It’s a quality that people are born with or not, so you can’t really get the idea across to those who aren’t gifted with such a trait.
An abundance of communication
Most of the time, as owners, you usually get lost with the idea that you have to focus your entire being on the customer and the end results. But the thing that you probably forget is that you should also burn some of those calories improving your loyalty factor, not only to keep your turnover rates to new lows, but to improve the quality and value of your customer service. Your people who understand the business at hand will be more willing to better the system as a whole.
One more thing that’s key is to keep the lines of communication open both ways. It takes keeping your people in the know so that they feel a more personal connection to the team. If you spend some time out of your schedule to communicate upper management policies to them, letting them know what you expect from them, their quality of work, and offer feedback on a constant basis, they’ll understand and feel for the company vision.
The key to loyalty is that you have to be the first one to give it. If you want your people to go the extra marathon for you, you have to go the extra marathon for them. The smartest business leaders out there understand this concept. They live for the dream team, and in response, the dream team lives for them. It doesn’t mean you have to dish out more rubles to them. You can personally give them appreciation and respect, making them widely known for their achievements, giving them flexible work hours/perks, and always letting them know that you truly listen to whatever they have to say.
Keep it simply smart
The best of the best business leaders out there streamlines their processes to remove any bottlenecks for all in the company. It’s about making the operation as smooth as possible for you and everyone else involved. If your people see you working hard at making their work lives easier, they’ll be astounded by that fact and be more willing to return results that are off the charts.