I’ve got to be honest with you; a good manager always puts employees first, especially when there are conflicts within the business. This is one of the reasons that I started putting my employees first when I started in this industry almost 30 years ago. There are a lot of things that need to be in place before you can successfully put your employees first, but if you do, it’s going to be a lot easier for you and them.
One of the things that I told every single one of my employees when I became the president of that particular company was that I didn’t want to put employees first any longer. It took me a while to really get this part down because I had gone through a lot of leadership and organizational training. But after I got it down and started applying it, I heard all of the complaints from employees and most of the times they were right. They said that they felt that they weren’t being listened to, or that there wasn’t enough communication going on within the company. So I put employees first in order to build trust, and communication within the company.
When you first become the president of a company, or the president of a division within a company, it’s not always easy. You have to make sure that people understand what is expected of them. That is why you have to put people first so that they will respect you. It is going to take time for this to happen, but it has to happen puts employees first.
Another thing that I did was I stopped giving bonuses and benefits to people who didn’t work very hard. I would give bonuses and benefits to employees who performed. In fact, I gave extremely low wages to people who just stayed around and did nothing. Once people realized that they wouldn’t be getting any extra money if they didn’t work, they began to respect you and your company again.
You should also always be on time with your employees. I remember when I first started my company, I would only come in on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. That was fine for awhile, but as I started to grow and hire more employees, I realized that I had to be more proactive in my attitude towards my employees. So I stopped treating them like “number” or “part-time employees,” and started to treat them like “partnerships.”
If you really want to know how to put your company first, ask yourself: “When do I give priority to the people who are actually going to make the company successful?” Make a list, and make it your top priority. Every week, create a short list of all the people who are working in your company. Then, prioritize their jobs based upon how much they help your company grow and succeed.