In theory, your employees should be good for your business.
Providing you have taken care during the hiring process, the people you employ should help you achieve your various business goals.
If your employees are guilty of any of the following, your business might not prosper at all. Take a look, and then follow our suggestions to protect your business from harm.
#1: Bad mouthing you to others
Your employees should be your greatest ambassadors, using word-of-mouth to promote your business. However, if you have done anything to upset your employees, then the words coming out of their mouths might be less than pleasant when they are talking about you to others. By this, we are also referring to the comments they might post on social media and business review sites. Your reputation will take a nose-dive, and consequently, so will that of your business.
Tip: Allow for employee feedback so they will be more inclined to speak to you about any grievances they might have with you. You can do this by operating an open-door policy and providing feedback forms on a regular basis. You should also find ways to show your employees that you care for them, as this way, the only words they will be using about you should be positive rather than negative.
#2: Leaking sensitive information
For starters, your gossiping employees might give away sensitive information when talking about your business to others. They might vent their frustrations about one of your customers, for example, or they might leak information that should only be kept in-house. Secondly, your employees might leak information through a data breach. If they regularly use work devices containing customer and company data outside of the workplace, disaster might strike should they fall prey to a hacking attempt, or should they accidentally lose their devices on their daily commute.
Tip: Policies need to be put in place that forbid your employees talking about sensitive areas of your business to others. You might consider training your employees on this matter too, with reminders on why their loose tongues might be bad for your business. When it comes to the information stored on your employees’ devices, you might want to give them cybersecurity training to encourage safe and responsible behavior. You should also assess the devices they use, and increase their security capabilities with firewalls, antivirus software, and encryption tools along the lines of these FirstNet VPN solutions.
#3: Showing poor productivity
You’re wasting money on employees who underperform on a regular basis, and you won’t meet your important deadlines either. As an employer, you need to get to the bottom of why productivity levels are low, as while it could be because you have lazy employees to contend with, there might also be specific reasons that pertain to your business.
Tip: There are all kinds of reasons for poor productivity, and you can read about some of them in the linked article. Consider which, if any, are relevant to your business, and then take the necessary steps to boost the performance of your employees. And as we have already suggested, you should allow for employee feedback. If there are any pressing issues that are affecting their performance at work, they will have the opportunity to tell you about them at an early stage. You can then take the necessary next steps to support them at work.
Your employees should be your greatest asset, but they might also be the people who bring down your business if the listed behaviors are true of them. Follow our suggestions then, and take the necessary steps to protect your business from the risk of harm.