Do you ever visit another company, look around at their staff, and think, “wow, these employees are great…why aren’t mine like that?” It’s not an easy process building a formidable team that can help push your business forward. And because it’s not as easy as business owners would like, many companies end up with a less-than-perfect team. They might be OK, sure, but in the competitive world of business, “OK” won’t suffice.
So why did this happen, and what can you do to prevent it from happening in the future? We take a look below.
You Don’t Know What You’re Looking For
In order to find the best person for a role, you need to know what you’re looking for. There’s no point in having a round hole, and then buying a square peg to put in there. Before you begin sifting through the many applicants that will surely send you their resume once your job advertisement is up, have an idea of the type of employee you’re looking for. It’ll take the guesswork out of figuring out who will progress to the next stage of the application process.
Of course, you can only hire someone who has applied and wants the job. Therefore, it makes sense to make your company appealing to the best talent in the country, right? There are a few methods for doing this. First, don’t write a job description that only has demands; also express what you can do for your new employee, including opportunities for growth and so on. The best talent never wants to stay standing still for too long. Second, take a look at the best career pages from the web, and give yours a makeover if needed. You’ll appeal to better quality candidates if they can see the fun and creative environment that makes the company tick behind the scenes.
You shouldn’t hire an employee to do just one task. If you do, you can’t have too many complaints if they’re, you know, only doing that one thing. Instead, you want them to know the company inside out, to come up with ideas, to be a self-starter. But they’re not going to be like that the second they walk through the door, no matter how talented they are. It’s up to you to train them. Invest in your team, and your team will pay you back.
They’re Not Engaged
A team has to be engaged if it’s going to be firing on all cylinders. Alas, too many companies spend next to no time on this aspect of their staff relations — and then wonder why productivity has dropped! Make sure you’re spending some time working on staff engagement. You can do this by taking a team trip, giving them more responsibility, or giving them an active stake in the success of the company (such as equity). The difference in productivity between an engaged team and an unengaged team is huge. Make sure that you’re on the right side of the divide.