When looking at a business, you often consider the brains of the founder and CEO. You look at the marketing team and how they manage to stay ahead of the curve with campaigns. You think about the recruitment geniuses uncovering diamonds in the rough and polishing them to make stars within the company. But what about everybody else?
A business is about more than a Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg figurehead. It’s about all the links between these and the supposedly more important departments, and often, these links are the most crucial. If you’re running a business, maybe it’s time you showed them some appreciation, too. But who are they?
The IT Team
When everything on the system goes wrong, the IT team is blamed, but whenever everything goes right, no one bats an eye. The IT team is crucial to ensuring productivity and operations are running smoothly. They are how everyone can send emails and how everything links up to the cloud for easy access whenever and wherever. Without them, you’d still be using paper filing systems, and who wants that?
The Cleaning Staff
Without a regular whip around the office with a Steamaster product, you risk your office looking like it’s only just survived a natural disaster. You’re not going to do it, you can’t expect your daytime staff to do it, so who will?
The cleaning staff is a crucial yet often underappreciated part of any business. Without them, the bathrooms would look awful, the floors and surfaces would be more dust than wood, and any clients or investors would turn around as soon as they walked in the door.
The Intern Program
The unsung heroes of any business are the interns and temporary employees. Those unpaid graduates looking to do anything to get some experience in their industry are often looked down upon. They aren’t given responsibilities aside from taking notes or getting coffee, and they’re certainly not compensated for their time.
However, without them, who’s to say you’d ever make it to meetings? Would you ever know your schedule back to front (although you definitely should)? They get blamed for mistakes that others don’t want to admit to, yet they still come back every day because they want to improve their skills and kick start their career.
The Payroll Division
What happens when no one gets paid? People stop working, that’s what. The payroll team is often a mysterious entity that operates behind the scenes that seem to know every second of every minute of every hour your employees worked, but that’s what makes them so valuable.
Accounting divisions are separate from the regular running of the company. They have no stake in growth or direction, but they are always there to help the company overcome financial issues, often working long hours, especially when tax season rolls around.
Small, But Still There
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the larger goings-on within the business, but while it’s undoubtedly important to make sure everything at the top of the ladder runs smoothly, it’s also just as important to make sure things are going well down below. They don’t need to be your best friends, but understanding the impact they have on your business is essential, so give thanks.