Companies that are experiencing a drop in business or a lean couple of years shouldn’t respond by just pushing their employees harder, like whipping a team of horses. We’ve all seen how that plays out in the movies – they careen off the road and die of exhaustion.
When the company’s budget is tight, it’s the time to invest in your employees and your culture.
Everyone in your company is feeling the pressure. That effects their perception, morale, confidence, creativity and their work. It’s up to good executives to inspire their employees at precisely this time.
When you get deliberate, right then, about your culture, employee programming, the priorities the executives are modeling, and consistent internal messaging, you stimulate your employees to give everything they can – and more – out of passion and loyalty rather than pressure. You are in a position to reduce uncertainty and worry that things are tight. You are in a position to amplify your company’s confidence and employees certainty in their security.
Making your employees healthier and happier, especially during times of strain – in short, making them feel better than ever – makes your products better than ever, makes your customer service better than ever, makes your marketing better than ever and … sales go up.