Years ago, I used to dread hiring.
Sure, I loved the idea of hiring a new person from the perspective that it would mean more support- and an opportunity for someone to grow with the company.
What I dreaded most was the flood of resumes. It felt like a huge weight on me. I would procrastinate and tell myself I’d get to it – sometime. Maybe you can relate to that.
I didn’t give hiring the priority I should have. As a result, I continued to mis-hire.
“People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” -Jim Collins
I continued to see failure. Some areas were over-worked, others under-qualified for what was required. I needed to grow into the leader that I needed to be – that my company needed me to be.
I had a significant mind shift. And that leads me to Strategy #1.
Hiring Strategy #1: Change Your Mindset
Stop thinking that you are still needed in every detail of the company.
Your company or business doesn’t:
- Care what you like or don’t like
- Care that you think you are needed in something (or in everything)
Your business needs you to:
- Be the leader and be responsible for its overall long-term health and longevity. That is your job.
Got it? Once you understand Strategy #1, the rest comes easy, I promise!
Hiring Strategy #2: Get Organized
Many of us accept not being organized. We fly around by the seat of our pants.
You can get away with this initially. Once your business matures, your practices need to mature as well. This means get organized – once and for all.
Ask these questions:
- Who does what? Do you still like those decisions, and do they still make sense?
- If you don’t like them, change them!
- Are each person’s job responsibilities clearly outlined?
- Make sure each person understands them and accepts them.
- What are the compensation packages that make sense? Are they researched and in line with the company’s, the specific dept, or individual’s goals?
- What are the needs that are not being filled now?
- Create a specific job description and compensation package for these.
- What will the needs and holes be in the future based on the company’s business plan?
- Create those job descriptions and compensation packages NOW.
Hiring Strategy #3: Be Clear on Your Mission, Values and Culture
To attract the best talent for your company, you need to communicate your mission clearly – and your expectations of new hires to get you there.
This means working on yourself as a leader and business owner. Become aware of your own professional goals and where you need to grow, so you can best serve your company and your team.
If the mission statement of the company needs updating, do it. Communicate it clearly to your current team and new recruits so they get behind it – and your passions.
Hiring Strategy #4: Be The Recruiter
Deciding to make yourself the official recruiter is the most important role for the company to secure the best possible new talent. This is a game changer.
When you recognize your role as official recruiter:
You are the only person who can be the face, the recruiter, and the networker of talent to your company…
your mindset shifts toward entirely new actions, to resourcefulness and effective strategies.
This doesn’t mean others couldn’t (or shouldn’t) recruit within the company, but it needs to be one of your top priorities.
Once I made these mindset shifts, I rarely had to post for a job opening again or sort through piles of resumes. I knew who I wanted, and it was just a matter of timing after that.
“Acquiring the right talent is the most important key to growth. Hiring was – and still is – the most important thing we do.” -Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce
Follow the 4 Steps – The Rest Flows into Place
- The upfront prep work of hiring is shortened if not removed altogether.
- This will simplify the interviewing process dramatically since you are putting yourself in the driver’s seat.
- Your hiring quality dramatically improves and turnover rate decreases = saving $$$.
- The company gets to enjoy an improved culture – of the current team and those who join – all aligned with goals and clear expectations.
It’s the Perfect Time to Hit the Reset Switch at Your Company
Post pandemic, companies are discussing returning employees to the office who had been working at home, to get back to “normal.”
This is the perfect time to re-address all the points from above. Ask yourself:
- What is different?
- What have we missed?
- Which things should go, and which things should stay?
It’s a good time to hit the reset switch: Each person within your organizations deserves the opportunity, as do you, to understand where the company has been, is now – and where it is going.
What are the new expectations for all? Embrace this opportunity as employees shift back to the office:
- Re-interview again. That gives everyone the opportunity to have a voice and discuss what is important. Everyone deserves to be heard and understand what is expected of them.
- Spend the time now investing in this transition time – or you can spend time later…cleaning up messes and experiencing the chaos of misunderstandings, failed expectations, low morale, stress, and disappointment. It’s your choice.
Ask These Key Questions & Get Clear Answers:
- What type of leader do you want to be?
- How do you see yourself one year ahead in your business?
- What makes the most sense for you – and how can you create the best possible situation for yourself, your company, and your Team?
Working ON your business is far more valuable and will generate so much more peace, time, success,
and money for you than using that same time working IN your business.
You already know that what I am saying is true – you probably just don’t know where to begin.
I know how to begin, and all the obstacles in your way…even those pesky ones you might not even be aware of. I can help you!
Are you ready to invest in yourself and in your company’s future? Let’s get started! Contact us today to see how we can help you.