I’ve been in business for myself for over 21 years and one of the hardest challenges I’ve faced is getting decent staff.
I know I am not alone in this plight… Just about every business owner I’ve ever spoken to, when asked, has told me the same harrowing story. They just can’t get good reliable staff.
Some of the experiences I’ve had are staff turning up late, or not at all. Staff who thought they knew better than me, the owner and creator of the company and totally stuffing up the job. Staff who have treated customers poorly. Staff who just haven’t done the job well, and staff who have even treated me badly.
I’ve had staff walk out on me, staff rudely attempt to push me out, staff steal from me and lie to me.. Staff even attempt to bully me. You name it, I’ve either experienced it, or heard of it happening to a friend or colleague.
What’s important to note here though, is that many business owners see this as something that the staff do. They see it as that the “staff” are unreliable, the “staff” are uncontrollable, the “staff” are rude and lazy… The staff… The staff.
In some cases, I am sure it is the staff… and what if it isn’t?
What if it’s the business owner who unconsciously self-sabotages by choosing the wrong people for the job. What if it’s the business owner who micro – manages the staff to the point that they feel uncomfortable. What if it’s the business owner who has anger issues, fears and limiting beliefs holding them back?
Maybe it is the staff, or maybe it’s both parties… Staff and Business Owners too.
Richard Branson has been quoted saying “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”
So, my question to you is this… As a business owner, what could you take responsibility for in your current situation? What actions have you taken that may have resulted in where you currently are with your staff? Could you have actually caused some of the situations, and problems you are now facing?
If, as a business owner you’ve done any personal development, you may already be aware that business success is actually 80% mindset and only 20% mechanics. This means you can have all the business plans and strategies in place, however if your mindset is not strong, then you could be self sabotaging or making choices that hinder you and harm you. This may even be unconscious.
When you decide to take cause for your actions, whether they are conscious or unconscious and become fully aware of how your choices may have affected your business, this really is the first step to creating an environment that could see your business thriving, not just surviving, or worse, failing.
So, what does it mean to take cause? It means that you become aware of areas where you may need to work on you. You may be unconsciously choosing the wrong staff due to your own negative emotions or limiting beliefs.
Perhaps you do not feel good enough in your own mind, so therefore you tend to employ people of the same mindset, or skill level. Perhaps you do not feel confident in what you are doing, and so you attract people who are not confident or certain in their abilities either.
We do tend to attract what we think about, so this could very well be the case. So again, I ask, what is it that you are currently doing, consciously or unconsciously that could be causing your current circumstances?
More importantly, what can you do about them?
There is help out there. For years, I wasted time hiring the wrong people, self sabotaging, not thinking I was good enough, or worthy enough of business success, and I attracted the exact kind of people and experiences to me.
This caused all kinds of havoc in my businesses, and at first I was one to say “It’s the staff”, “It’s impossible to get good staff”
When I worked on my mindset and cleared my mind of negative emotions such as Anger, Sadness, Fear, Hurt and Guilt, and my limiting beliefs such as “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not worthy” and “I’m not wanted”, I stopped self-sabotaging. I built my self confidence, self esteem and self worth up, and truly started believing in myself and my abilities.
Only then, did I start attracting the right people to me, and my business. I then made it my mission to ensure that my staff felt confident and certain in their abilities, and that they believed in themselves. I made it a business policy to ensure that my staff had their mindsets sorted, so that they removed their negative emotions and limiting beliefs, and so that we could all work together in harmony for one congruent goal. The ultimate growth of the business.
You can do the same in your business and your business can flourish too. By first taking cause for what you may have created, and then taking action to ensure your mindset is strong, you too will start attracting more of what you truly want. Then by ensuring that your staff’s mindsets are strong and providing them with the help they need to remove what is holding them back, you’ll be able to create an extremely congruent and happy workplace. This will surely bring you many many rewards as you watch your business soar.