4 Tips for Building Your Reputation as an Employer
Attracting the very best talent is an objective that every business shares. Getting top applicants knocking on your door isn’t easy. Apart from looking at your company and deciding whether they like what it does and how it goes about its business, they’ll also be interested in finding out whether you’re a good employer.
So, just as customer service is important, the services you offer to your employees are important too. Just as your customers want recognition, so do your employees. When you first started, it was quite easy to be a good boss. But the challenge becomes greater as your organization grows and spreads across a wider geographical area. Here are some tips to help you be the employer everyone wants to work for!
1. Help Your HR Department to Help Your Employees
Your HR department is there to take care of employees’ concerns. But the bigger you (and they) get, the more difficult it becomes to make getting access to support and services for employees a simple matter. Add to that the fact that most businesses now use hybrid or remote work, and you might wonder how engaged your far-flung workers can be.
But technology makes the world smaller, and integrating employee services into a platform that empowers your HR department to work effectively will create a better working environment for all your employees regardless of their department or geographical location.
2. Offer Benefits They Won’t get Elsewhere
Companies like Google, which offer a wide range of almost unheard-of benefits to employees, have gained a lot of attention. While free lunches and gym memberships may be beyond your reach, you can still look at offering better employment benefits than your competitors do. Basic benefits aren’t optional, and nobody is going to pat you on the back for offering them, but going over and above that to foster a rewarding working environment will build your reputation as an employer and help you to attract top talent. After all, they’re better at what they do than most people are, so they should be able to expect more in return.
3. Offer Incentives
When employees work hard to achieve and exceed your targets and make an effort to improve their skills, recognition is in order. Incentives can take many forms, the most classic of which are wage increases, gifts and bonuses. But there are other ways to express your appreciation like sending them for training, helping them to cover tuition if they chose to study, offering study leave, or even hosting celebrations to mark their milestones. Low on the budget for incentives? Non-monetary incentives can be very effective too!
4. Support a High Standard of Ethics
Whether you are dealing with customers, competitors or employees, supporting a high standard of ethics builds your reputation as an employer. Employees like to think that their efforts go towards supporting a company that they can be proud of. They’ll respect you for working hard to do the “right thing” even when it’s not necessarily the most profitable course of action. When it’s crunch time, they’ll be watching you see how you’ll react and what you’ll do.
Getting and Keeping the Best People Helps to Make Your Business Stronger
The quality of your employees ultimately becomes the quality of your business. To help it perform as well as it can, attracting and retaining skilled, motivated people who want to help your business to reach its potential is important. Good employers make for successful businesses because they attract the right people. It’s not just about being “nice” but about your company’s future success.