Many of you run small businesses just as I do. And we are all working very hard right now. The economy has taken its toll on a lot of us. My landscaping company continues to do pretty well. No, we’re not going to have a record year, but we’re going to be okay. And, quite frankly, I am excited about the future. My job right now is to keep my people motivated and engaged as best I can. We’re going to experience a turnaround in the future and I am going to need all of them to make my business work the way I want it to work. I suggest all of you look for ways to keep your people happy and show them you appreciate them. We do a cookout about once a month on a non-payday Friday. On a Friday during the summer, we brought in an ice cream trolley to go with the burgers and it was a huge hit. Here’s a photo of one of our team leaders enjoying the ice cream.
This week, plan something simple like this to show your team you appreciate them. Your competition isn’t thinking about this. It’s important to watch our pennies, but it is also smart business to spend some money on things that matter most. And in any economic environment, your people are your most valuable asset. Don’t just tell them, show them!