Your guide to harnessing the potential of your personnel

My experiences in business have taught me that having a skilled, dedicated team around you is essential if you are to achieve your goals. Without talented and effective people by your side, it can prove impossible to realise your ambitions. With this in mind, I’ve put together a brief guide to help you harness the potential of your personnel.

Invest in training

All the best business leaders understand the crucial role that effective training plays within companies. By providing your personnel with all the support and coaching they need, you can help ensure they are able to perform their roles effectively and confidently. Bear in mind that training opportunities shouldn’t be reserved for new starters. It’s important to offer employees the chance to enhance their knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis.

Reward good work

Rewarding good work is also essential. People are much more likely to stretch themselves and go above and beyond the basics of their job requirements if they know they will be recognised for their efforts. As well as praising people on an informal basis, it’s useful to have official procedures in place to recognise good work, such as employee awards and prizes. Providing people with opportunities for promotion and pay rises that reflect their diligence and skill is vital too. If workers feel as though their input is valued, they are more likely to remain focussed and loyal.

Put effective communication procedures in place  

Another way to nurture talent within your company is to set up effective two-way communication procedures – and regular appraisals should play an important role in this. These sessions can help people to identify their strengths and weaknesses and they foster a culture of accountability and openness. People are likely to feel happier and perform better if there is an established system in place for getting guidance and feedback. Your personnel should also feel confident about approaching their line managers if they spot any problems. If they know they can raise concerns with senior members of staff, employees can help ensure that any issues are tackled before they escalate and potentially do damage to your business.

Provide a clear company message

Providing personnel with a clear company message that they can relate to and get behind is vital. When people understand that they are working towards a common goal and feel as though they are part of a team, they tend to be more enthused and energised about their work. Having a clear brand message and communicating this to your staff members is essential if you are to achieve this – and you can reinforce the sense of cohesion by organising team building days and other corporate events.

By following guidance like this and harnessing the full potential of your personnel, you stand to make your business stronger and more successful.

Chris Niarchos is the founder and chairman of the Cobra Group of Companies, which includes AGS Global Fundraising Services. You can find out more about Chris Niarchos’ charity fundraising by visiting the AGS Global Fundraising Services website.

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