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Investing in People: How to Invest Your Capital and Empower Employee Performance

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Ever Try Building a Business Without Building Your People?

Investing in your people doesn’t guarantee your returns but it does give you better returns than not

As a business owner or decision-maker of your company, one of the key challenges that you face is the successful distribution of your capital.

This is critically important if you are to achieve long success, while maximising profitability and laying solid commercial foundations.

There are a large number of investment options for those who own a commercial venture, and selecting the right ones will ensure that your business can move forward as effectively as possible.

With consumer confidence currently at a peak in the UK and businesses increasingly keen to spend their capital, there is a unique opportunity for you to expand your venture accordingly.

Making Sound Investment Decisions: Investing in People

While it always tempting to invest money in procuring cutting edge technology and equipment for your business, however, this means little if you do not employ a productive and motivated team of staff.

Consider the following investment options and how they will help you to create a purposeful workforce…

Adopt a Personalised Approach to Training and Development

If you are looking to cultivate a forward thinking outlook among your employees, it is crucial that you offer them the opportunity to advance and develop their personal skills. While this can be done through a uniform approach, however, you should remember that each staff member is different and therefore likely to have a different set of goals and ambitions. With this in mind, you must adopt a flexible approach to training and development, which will enable your employees to broaden their range of skills and fully realise their potential.

Invest in Performance Related Rewards

Once you have established a flexible and multi-skilled workforce, the next step is to ensure that they are motivated to achieve their individual goals. While contemporary employees are motivated by a more diverse range of factors than their predecessors, however, it is still important to invest in performance related rewards that fully reflect the value offered by each individual employee. The rewards or bonuses in question do not necessarily need to be made in the form of cash, so be creative and use your capital to purchase experiences and gift items that suit each recipient.

Identifying Savings to Invest in People

If you intend to invest heavily in the empowerment and development of employee performance, there may well be a need to identify alternative business savings.

This can be achieved through several methods, but a good starting point is to pinpoint non-strategic and operational costs that can easily be reduced without compromising on the performance of your business.

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The challenge is and always will be people. People will make or break the success of any change a company wants to make. So my job was part data analysis, part coaching, part writing, part training and part shrink. Get into the heads of the people to figure out what they wanted and find a way to make this change something they want. Or better yet – need. Call it marketing. Call it change management. Call it what you want. No matter how you slice and dice it, or whatever you call it, I was doing it wrong. And so are you.

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While this allows you to make savings, it will not disturb the day to day running of your firm.

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Investment in people may be a broad business term, but it also represents an opportunity to drive your venture forward.

By equipping your employees with viable workplace tools and empowering them to achieve all of the targets that they have been set, it is possible to improve performance and boost your bottom line profit as a result.

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Lewis Humphries is a writer, researcher, and business consultant based in the UK.

He currently works on behalf of Chillisauce, which remains one of the UK’s most innovative team building and event planning companies.

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