Running a game studio often feels like juggling. There are so many things that need to be taken care of at the same time, especially when you consider the wellbeing of your team.
Your studio needs to be a motivating and inspiring location. Employees who aren’t comfortable and happy in their working environment will end up being less productive. The quality of their work will suffer, which will have a profound effect on your reputation. So the ‘business balls’ we’ll focus on will be largely about them!
When you are in charge of a team of game creators, you have to be able to manage them properly. If you have poor management skills, this is definitely something you should learn more about and improve. The people in your studio are the most important thing about a business. And if you can get the most out of them, then that can only ever be a good thing for the business in the long-term. Management is all about nurturing talent and encouraging people to work in the best way for them.
Ensuring the building is pleasant
The environment in which employees work has a profound effect on their overall level of satisfaction. Anything you can do to ensure the place look and feels great on both the outside and the inside will help tremendously. Increased security and anti graffiti film on the windows can help protect the outside, while ensuring that you’re working with a great commercial cleaning service will help your stufio remain as clean as possible. No-one wants to work in a bland, dusty, cluttered studio… but so many modern game studio fit that description!
Health and security
Data security is one of the big pressing issues of our time. There are many people out there who are looking to carry out cyber attacks and hacks. If your business becomes the victim of that kind of crime, then you can lose a lot of money and take a hit to your reputation. So make sure that you understand how to combat cyber crime. And you should also learn about phishing scams and other methods through which criminals now try to steal from your business. As for health and safety, well, you’re not going to get very far if your workplace is actually a dangerous place in which to work. A lack of safety can get your business shut down quite easily, so definitely take care as far as this is concerned.
Running a business is all about the money, right? Even in this context, it’s an essential element. If the finances are not in order, then the rest of the business is going to be in big trouble – employee satisfaction hinges on your ability to pay them, as well as being able to finance building upkeep, training, and bonuses. If you don’t want to hire a full-time accountant or can’t afford to, then you should look into getting the work outsourced. That, or you need to understand the basics of accounting methods. This isn’t exactly recommended, though; you’re going to be too busy to deal with accounting, so perhaps this is one juggling ball that really is left to someone else if you want to ensure the job security of your employees!
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