Employee ownership is where the employees of the business own most, if not all, of the shares in a company. This type of business is becoming popular these days given the rapid success of the companies that have given it a shot. While it seems like it is a new concept, it has been around for a long time and perhaps, the emphasis on the rights of employees and how several companies mistreat their employees these days has paved the way for the rise of employee ownership. These are some other benefits of forming this type of organisation or selling your company to the employees.
It is quite tricky determining the value of the business until placed on the market. At that point, you will know how much buyers are willing to pay. For employee ownership, it is easy to set the price at fair market value. Hence, the owners will know how much to obtain from the sale and provide certainty in the transaction.
Ensure a smooth succession
It is quite difficult deciding to sell a business as it has the potential to damage the company if the sale agreement is quite messy. Conversely, when sold to employees it allows a gradual and planned process that ensures the continued success of the business. The new owners could even employ the same vision that helped push the brand along the right path over the years.
Improve employee engagement
When employees see themselves as mere pawns in a large organisation, you cannot expect them work beyond what is expected of them. They will do the bare minimum since their commitment does not go beyond their usual responsibilities. When given ownership, they will feel that they are a part of the business’ success. They need to do their share to help keep the company afloat, so it also improves productivity and loyalty among the employees.
You do not regret selling the company
It is quite painful letting go of a business you built and worked hard for over the years when you know it’s going to someone who will probably completely change it and there is nothing you can do about it. When you sell to your employees, you can ensure that the business will continue to thrive and remain independent for several years.
It could boost the economy
When businesses do well, they also help improve the economy. On the other hand, if companies close or file for bankruptcy, they create a terrible mess in the economy and especially with large businesses that are worth millions of pounds. Employee-owned businesses have been proven to be durable, as despite periods of recession and other economic hardships, these businesses continue to thrive.
Business models change for various reasons and you also need to adapt to these changes if you want the company to continue its success. Besides, it also feels great to know that the people who are working hard receive a reward for a job well done. Do not forget to seek legal advice since this process can be lengthy and complicated.