Small Businesses and Employees
I work with several startups or small businesses and hiring is a challenging issue for many of them. The second time around entrepreneur knows that hiring the right talent for your new business is critical, as a hiring mistake is disruptive and costly.
You may feel the need to get someone on board quickly, though it’s important to first step back and review the essential skills and knowledge you are looking for in a potential candidate. There are also other action steps you can take when hiring and managing your employees.
“Nip Problems In The Butt: Small Business Staff Management” by Andrew Craveho on CBAC blog.
Despite the importance of a great team, many business managers and owners do not seem to put effective management and communication at the top of their priority list, instead choosing to focus on maximizing profits and revenues. You can avoid this and assemble a great staff without compromising on any other aspect of your venture.
It’s probably human nature to want to surround yourself with like minded people. In hiring employees that is not the criteria you want to follow. Yes, you want passionate people who are committed to the success of the company, though you also need individuals who provide strengths that you don’t possess. An honest appraisal of your stengths will guide you in creating the job description for you new hire.
A job description is important, not because of its formality in a company, rather as a tool to help you assess whether the candidates you are interviewing for the role bring the key elements you need for your company. Do your homework before starting the hiring process. The more upfront exploration and planning you do, you increase your chances of finding the right talent.
Important note…don’t hire friends or family because they are close by. Bring the best people aboard to help you create a successful business. If a friend or family member fits the job description and they can respect that you are the owner or their manager, then take a risk. Otherwise, stay out of the family and friends arena when hiring.
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