Your employees are human. Treat them as human. Be human.
There is no doubt that Covid-19 has messed up everything. The economy is in limbo and people’s hopes are in shreds.
More than 2 million Kenyans have lost their jobs as a result of Covid-19. A similar number has been condemned into abject poverty.
Many businesses are struggling to remain afloat. Millions have shut down and those operating are struggling to survive.
As the pandemic continues to sweep around the world, even with the vaccine in place, the hope of seeing a better tomorrow for the majority of the people hangs in the balance.
Many employers are worried about their businesses. They know the impact of the pandemic and some have lost hope too.
But as an employer, you must remain strong and steadfast, for there are people who depend on you.
Sadly, there are employers who are using Covid-19 as an excuse to exploit their employees, forcing them to work without pay or with half the pay when the business is making money.
Here are 10 things you should know about your employees:
They are human
We are all human. Your employees are human too. Treat them as human. The only thing that sets us apart from wild animals is the realization that we are human. Be human.
Pay your employees
The sole reason why your employees wake up every morning to come to work is that they want to be paid. They don’t do so because they love you or your company/business. Pay your employees.
Pay your employees on time
This ails most SMEs within and without Nairobi. The truth is businesses are struggling and in the event that you can’t be able to pay your employees on time, inform them in good time for them to be prepared.
Your employees have needs
Every human being has a need and most needs need money. That is why they wake up to go to work. Do not assume that your employees have no needs. They have. Help them meet them.
Most of your employees pay rent
Most, if not all of your employees pay rent. In Nairobi, for instance, most rent is due on the fifth day of every month. As an employer, you must always put this in mind and it should guide your payment schedule.
They are your business
Your business is not the product. Not the services. It is your employees. Treat your employees well and they will treat your customers well. Treat them as garbage and that is how they will treat your customers.
They need to grow
As an employer, you should not always be the only smartest person in the room. Give room to your employees to grow. Let them imagine things and bring them to life.
Most bank on you for their future
Most employees are with you because they want to better their future; both socially and economically. Allow them to grow on those fronts by empowering them.
You don’t owe them a favor
Most employers think they owe their employees a favor. No. They don’t owe you either. It is business. Let them work as agreed and you as the employer, do and play your part.
They like it when you say “thank you.”
Appreciate your employees when they do well in little things. Encourage them to more. Do not scold them in public. Praise them in public and scold them in private.