In any industry, your success depends on the success of your employees, plain and simple. Thoughtful managers and well-qualified, hardworking employees make up the recipe for a business that will grow and prosper.
So, why do so many businesses fail when they seem to have exactly what it takes to succeed?
Most likely, the answer lies in not getting the most out of employees. An employee might show up, but are they willing to put in overtime? Accept the weekend job? Work during long, hot summer months without complaint?
If you answered no to one or more of these questions, it is time to take a step back and evaluate your management style, business approach, training, and employee incentives to ensure you can succeed.
Employees who feel like they are taken care of will often go the extra mile to succeed within a business. Providing incentives is a great way to get the most out of employees, especially those who are representing themselves as committed leaders within the industry.
Incentives don’t just have to be of monetary value or the same for each employee. Some employees will respond to monetary incentives while others are driven by respect, responsibility or praise. At times, the incentive of knowing you are receiving praise or respect for a job well done will propel motivation and team spirit.
Not every new hire is going to work out exactly as you envisioned. In some cases, an employee might believe they are capable of performing tank changes, accepting weekend hours and complying with some of the dirty aspects of working in the portable restroom rental industry, but that can all change. It is important to have steps in place to make sure a new hire is ready and able to perform necessary duties to meet and exceed industry standards.
A probationary period of anywhere between 30-45 days with a standard review at the end ensures each party is held responsible for individual work ethic. At the end of a probationary period, and with a positive review, the employee is able to receive a bonus or salary increase.
Some employers offer a salary increase after one year of work with the opportunity to receive benefits like a 401k, and after 3 months an employee is eligible for health insurance bonuses.
Incentives, probationary periods and the opportunity to receive benefits from an employer are all great ways to receive optimum performance from employees. Here are a few other ways specific to the portable restroom rental industry that will benefit businesses and their employees.