One of the most rewarding aspects of owning a small business is our relationship with our employees. In a large corporation, a person is hired for a certain job. They are assessed on his or her performance and whether or not they reached assigned targets. If someone does not enhance the company’s profitability, they become expendable. Emotions are stripped from these equations because at the end of the day, it really is all about the precious bottom line.
In a small business environment, this formula realizes quite differently. Of course we need results and want certain tasks accomplished. We also have a bottom line to deal with. However, the true goal for the small business owner is that our employees care. We want people to serve a cupcake that they would love to eat. We would rather someone take a little extra time building a stained glass window for a client than rush through just to make a deadline. Our employees become an extension of ourselves and our hope is that they truly get what we are doing and why. After all, we can’t work forever.