One of the keys to any successful business is finding the right people for your company. With the right people, a small company can operate as efficiently and effectively any company of any size.
This also means that your company could save a lot of resources considering that hiring, training and motivating staff takes time and costs money that could be put to many other uses.
It is imperative and cost-efficient for companies get the best people right from the first moment of hiring. Here are nine keys to a well-planned organization:
1. Know your need
The first step towards hiring the right employees is to know exactly what you need. Know the positions you need to fill, and what skill sets are needed by these jobs.
Even before you talk to applicants, this knowledge will allow you to screen them, and choose only from qualified applicants. In addition, you would prevent problems in the future if you knew your business’s specific job requirements right from the very beginning.
2. Experienced or newbie?
Decide whether you want to hire fresh graduates or experienced employees. There are advantages and disadvantages to hiring either type of employee; ultimately, the decision to hire would depend on what you need and what stage your business is in.
If you want people who can hit the ground running, people with some work experience would generally be preferable over new graduates. In principle, hiring people with experience also eliminates the need for lengthy training and supervision. Experienced workers might also be able to advise you on work-related problems and recommend practical solutions.
However, they might find it difficult to adapt to your work culture and ethic; as the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. People with a lot of work experience may also command high salaries, thus increasing your costs.
On the other hand, hiring fresh graduates can give you certain advantages, foremost of which is that they could be more easily trained according to your company culture and standards.
They also tend to be easier to motivate and stay with a company for a long time. In addition, salaries typically given to fresh graduates are more affordable.
Fresh graduates require significant training and supervision. You must also be ready to put up with errors particularly when they are just starting. But once your training kicks in—assuming you do invest in training—the benefits of having workers according to your standards would also kick in.
3. How to find them
To find employees, you can rely on a mixture of job advertisements, referrals, even
recruitment agencies. Should you choose to post ads, make sure to post them in popular and credible websites and publications. Be very specific about your job requirements.
To find maintenance staff or sales personnel, dealing with a manpower agency may be easier than finding them on your own, as long as you spell out your exact requirements to the agency.