I have few heroes, Sir Richard Branson is one of them. This meme was going around Facebook a while back and it really got me thinking.I have been involved in small business in one way or another my entire life. My parents started their business in our garage when I was 18 months old. Since then I have owned a couple of my own, consulted for more than a few and worked in even more. When it comes to employees, I have observed them, been one and hired and fired them. I am more firmly convinced than ever that your business is your employees. They are your most valuable asset, bar none. With out them you have no business.
I don’t care if you make widgets, plan parties, serve guests or dig ditches; if your employees are happy, respected and treated well they are going to do the best job possible. If you under-value them, treat them with suspicion or like you are doing them a favor they will do the least possible to stay employed. As a boss, you reap what you sow.
Why some employers don’t understand that is beyond me.