Team Effort: Taking On Your First Employees As A Small Business
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As a boss lady and entrepreneur, with small startup business; you’re highly aware of how important the people you employ are to the success of your company’s growth and expansion. Therefore, it’s crucial that you choose your team wisely and ensure that you correctly look after them. You might be small in size, but that shouldn’t affect how much effort you put into ensuring that your staff are happy and fulfilling (and exceeding) their role with you. If anything, now is the time to put more energy into creating your dream team, who will help you on the road to business success. The following are the key areas to consider when you’re hiring new staff members and ensuring that they’re well taken care of.
Making The Right Choice
When you’re hiring for the various roles that your business requires; you need to take into consideration both the qualifications and personality of each candidate. People that are unable to work closely with one another, and do not slide into the identity of the business and team (or pair), may cause tension and their working relationship with your company could fail as a result. Interviews are the perfect time to get to know a candidate on a personal, and even informal, level, so you can gauge whether or not they are a good match for the rest of your team members and if you will appreciate their presence in the workplace.
Ask a variety of questions, which are related to your business, in order to decipher whether they should get the job. You can ensure that you do your pre-employment background screening further down the line, and give people a trial period before officially hiring them; 3-6 months is usually sufficient. Working out the importance of the job role to the interviewee is crucial; at this stage, your business needs people on board who are dedicated and are there for the long run. Therefore, you should avoid those who are applying simply for the salary or wages.
Think About Where You Need Help
It might sound obvious; but, you need to ensure that you’re covering each area of your business when you hire your team, and focus on the areas that aren’t your strong point, and take up too much of your time. Although your staff and their skills should complement each other’s; you don’t want any blurred lines and overlapping when it comes to who does what. Therefore you will need to create clear and defined areas within your company and decide on how many people should be in each, and what level of qualifications they need. In a team of any size, everyone should know what their role is, who’s in charge of them, and who they’re in charge of.
Make decisions on when to hire an employee, and when to outsource and pay for temporary work. Your branding and marketing, for example, will be something that needs to be sorted out from the get-go; however, you may not have the funds to keep a marketing team onboard permanently, so hire a team to get you off to the right start. The same goes for each area of your business; you’ll need to think about what processes need completing every day and ensure that you’ve got the workforce to do so.
Keeping Everyone Happy
When you’ve hired your team, and they’re onboard with their job roles; you’ll need to ensure that each member of staff is happy with what they’re doing and how they are treated. Employee satisfaction is vital, especially in a small startup, to the success and smooth running of the company, so it’s worth investing some time and effort into regular checks. It’s always worth checking your staff’s salaries and wages against your competitors so that they won’t be tempted to jump ship.
Ensure that you let your employees know their worth, use communication and praise whenever necessary, and make sure that they’re not unhappy or experiencing any work-related, or personal, issues. You will also need to make sure that your company pays at least the minimum wage, and if not, more; this will ensure that your team isn’t constantly looking elsewhere for work and you won’t get into any legal difficulties. Rewards and bonus schemes are another way to keep staff motivated and momentum high. If somebody is going to receive a treat for reaching your targets, they’ll be more inclined to push for it in the first place. Reward your team with a regular social event outside of the workplace.
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