Many people feel as though there is more difficulty in hiring and maintaining a stable relationship with a new employee than there is starting a business
Many people feel as though there is more difficulty in hiring and maintaining a stable relationship with a new employee than there is starting, operating, and succeeding with their business. Order forms, product quality assessments, and business deals are relatively easy and can be identified for their usefulness almost right away. People are complex, unpredictable, and are guided by emotions to a large extent. For someone who is fascinated solely with their business bottom line, this can seem utterly unnerving.
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How are you supposed to not only do well in business but to profit with someone working for you? How do you continue to be a good boss even through the difficult turns that every business experiences? It might even feel like expanding your operation isn’t even worth the effort, especially if you opened your own business to reduce the need to talk to people on a daily basis.
If you have had negative experiences with managers and bosses before, it can be too easy to approach hiring someone too. As a result you might be taken advantage of. Luckily, this guide is here to help you understand how to hire and how to hire effectively.
To begin with, you’ll need to craft the perfect advertisement. This will allow the correct people to become attracted to your advertisement and will give you a leg up when it comes to identifying who is correct for your firm. To hire efficiently, you must:
Craft The Perfect Ad
The first recruitment always starts with the advertisement. Luckily, the internet gives you exposure regarding your open position far and wide through all corners of the web. Some of the most popular sites you might like to hire through are Indeed, Monster, Gumtree, and Craigslist. Social media websites often host job listings through detailed accounts too. Be sure to type ‘job listings X’ with ‘x’ being your local area into every social platform.
There will always be a page dedicated to advertising positions far and wide throughout your local community, and this is great if you’d like to hire someone who lives near your operation already.
But before you post anything, you’ll need to craft the perfect ad. This will give you the chance to specify all of the minor subtle skills you’ll require in a candidate. If you’re happy to provide on-the-job training to a degree, say so. Remember, while jobs are coveted, it also falls to you to make your job sound appealing. Employees will spend a majority of their weekly time helping make your operation a success, so it’s important to help them stay enthused about the opportunity from the moment they apply to the moment they leave your firm or take over your position as the manager someday.
Interview Appropriately, But Thoroughly
Interviewing appropriately is one of the most important things you can do. This is your chance to truly identify if the employee is actually who they say they are on the tin. Many firms will ask employees to provide references, and never actually contact them.
It’s important that you do. People often lie on their resumes, so it’s important to ensure that every single part that they have tried to submit for your role is verified – but be sensible. What grades someone received in high school or whether they climbed Kilimanjaro isn’t important, and you have no real way of verifying this information properly without seeming overbearing.
What’s important is how they view their recent achievements. What have they learned? What skills can they bring from their last job, and does their last job vouch for them? Even if your budding employee is deficient in the actual skills they need for the job, if they have shown great promise at their last firm in a similar role, maybe you should give them the benefit of the doubt.
Identify how they come across in the interview. Are they confident, calm and collected? Or do they look like they are fighting nerves to an overwhelming degree? It sounds harsh to say, but you must remember that this person might act as a face for your firm. Someone who is awkward or otherwise bumbling in communication could well have a negative impact on the repeat business you can obtain. In a larger firm with expanded workforces, it doesn’t particularly matter that the average worker might hold little charm. If a worker in your employ doesn’t help your reputation, it could be a problem. This is for you to identify as an employer. Who would you be happy working directly with for the next indefinite amount of years?
Be Fair In Pay
The most important part of hiring for the first time is to make your firm a good place to work. Despite your size, you can provide this. Try and give them a fair salary or hourly wage, absolutely above the minimum required. If you can afford it, provide the employee with health insurance. This is for you to calculate, but remember, the more money and benefits you offer, the higher caliber worker you’ll attract.
Be A Great Leader
Leading effectively is much more of a subtle interpersonal art than people realize. People might think that leading well is having all of the right answers at all of the right times, but it often isn’t. Instead, leading well is being open to finding the right answers, and allowing your employee(s) to find those answers alongside you. Be conducive to critical thinking, try and think outside the box, and don’t limit yourself to too narrow a set of parameters.
Leadership is a quality that offers intrinsic value to the functioning of your firm and can develop you as a person so thoroughly that it can be applied to everything both within and outside of your working life. It’s for this reason that leadership cannot be boiled down to a simple heading in an article like this. It requires an in-depth analysis of its own, so check out this article from BrooWaha http://www.broowaha.com/articles/28596/manage-above-expectations-how-to-be-a-great-leader which can help you get a better idea of what’s required in your new role of full-time boss.
Improve Your Communication Skills & Availability
As a boss, you need to be always available for contact. Of course, there are some considerations you might want to enact when it comes to your privacy, such as leaving Sundays completely contact-free unless there’s an emergency, but for the most part as the head of your firm, you need to be the human encyclopaedia of its operational knowledge. If communication is something that worries you due to anxiety, it’s best you combat it now. Read our guide to help you here http://mompreneurmedia.com/entrepreneur-anxiety/ to best acclimate to your new social responsibility.
The new hire is bound to ask you a million questions in their first few months, no matter how fast they pick up their new responsibility. In fact, the better they are at the job, the likelier they are to ask you questions about it so that they can fine-tune their approach with a degree of finesse. It’s up to you to communicate these ideas effectively, and that won’t happen if you’re not available or have limited communication ability. Consider practising communication skills like attending public speaking courses that can help you with your interpersonal confidence. Be sure to stay assertive yet open, friendly yet firm, and lead your new employee commanding both respect and appreciation.
These attitudes, combined with efficiently delegating authority and keeping your employees happy enough to promote firm loyalty, you’ll be on your way to hiring more employees in no doubt. A happy employee is a hard-working employee, so be sure to keep them metaphorically well-fed for them to keep returning and creating value for your firm.