The concept of owning a business is something that excites me and stresses me out all at once. I would love to be one in charge, using my creativity to create new systems for success. I would also love the ability to train workers, mentoring people so that they could run their own business someday. At the same time, there is a lot that goes into owning a business. With every property, employee, and client that you manage, there comes a certain level of legal liability, and I don’t have the legal background to know what’s required of me every step of the way. I started looking into the ways I could operate a business without a super technical background and I found out about WorkSTEPS. They are a company that makes sure employers have an environment that meets the legal requirements for employee safety. The people at WorkSTEPS can go into just about any workspace and inspect it with the local and state safety requirements in mind. This not only helps business owners stay safe from legal consequences, but it also creates an environment that employees are happier in. Employees like to feel like their well-being is cared for, and services like WorkSTEPS show that an owner is interested in keeping their employees safe.
When I was learning about their services, I found some insightful information on wellness programs. Wellness programs are something that I had only ever seen the big firms do. They have them in order to compete against the other big firms, but they can really set you apart in a small business setting too. Recruitment is hard for a small business; most of the best talent are looking for offers from the larger companies. It turns out, a wellness program can go a long way for a potential employee. These programs mean a lot to them, and it makes recruiting easier. They also keep employees happy while at the company, and this increases retainment. A lot of small business feel like a wellness program will only hinder their profits. This, however, is not a good way of looking at things. When employees don’t feel well, they don’t perform well. When employee wellness is invested in, you’re sure to see positive returns, and quickly. Another important aspect is the different types of stress that employees at a small business face. As a small business owner, I would likely ask my employees to be flexible, take on tasks in different areas, and be willing to work both alone and with a group. Wellness programs help mitigate the stress, both mental and physical, that my employees may feel. Lastly, wellness programs give employees an opportunity to connect with one another outside of a work environment. This type of bonding is important for creating a happy workplace. When people like who they work with, they’re much more likely to show up on time and take less sick days. At this point, I’m convinced that a wellness program is well worth the cost.