Running a successful business isn’t just about having a great product or service to sell. It’s also about creating and growing a team of employees who will provide you with amazing performance and commitment to your vision. Finding people with the right energy, effort and team fit will make your company great. 
 
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to hire someone who isn’t right for the job, and it’s something a lot of business owners worry about during the hiring process. But here’s something for you to consider. Yes, hiring the wrong employee can be expensive, but the cost of keeping the wrong employee can be even higher. After all, the real cost of bringing on a new employee can be £50K or above, but if you keep that wrong employee for, say, 2.5 years, then the money you spend (and earnings you lose) is far greater – and hiring their replacement will cost you close to £175K! Which is why you need to invest in learning how to find great employees. And while some of it is down to instinct, there are some key things you should know on your hiring journey. 
Understand Your Company Values 
 
Before you can choose the right employee for your business, you need to know your business, and who you are at the heart. That means understanding your company values, culture, and what makes up the DNA of your company. These are important not only in crafting your customer experience, but in building and retaining a team and ultimately your profitability as well. When you’re running a business you’re leading people – and they have needs and feelings as well as skills and job roles. IF you don’t have the ability to communicate and demonstrate your vision, values and what your company ultimately stands for, your recruiting process will fall flat. 
 
Leverage Your Network 
 
Finding good employees is about more than posting on job boards. Some of the most successful placements actually came from the clients network, so make sure you leverage yours. This could be referrals from your current employees, utilising social media or using an exceptional recruiter who understand your company values and culture. By surrounding yourself with hardworking, smart individuals you’re giving yourself the best advantage in the hiring process. 
 
 
Remember The ‘Team Fit’ 
 
Your business is more than just a collection of individuals – it’s a team, and everyone needs to be able to work effectively together. Team dynamics are incredibly important in any business, as how well your team work together can affect everything from processes and sales to productivity and profitability. One way you can gauge how well a candidate will gel with your team is to use a DISC assessment on both your current team and prospective candidates. This simple tool will help you understand the personality types and communication styles that each potential recruit could bring to your team. 
 
Communication Skills Are A Must 
 
Finding good employees is about more than posting on job boards. Some of the most successful placements actually came from the clients network, so make sure you leverage yours. This could be referrals from your current employees, utilising social media or using an exceptional recruiter who understand your company values and culture. By surrounding yourself with hardworking, smart individuals you’re giving yourself the best advantage in the hiring process. 
 
Assess Regularly 
 
You might think that once you’ve found and hired your new employee, that’s the end of the line. But in reality, your responsibilities don’t end there! To ensure the employee is the right fit and is integrating well, you should follow up with them and assess their performance regularly. This is particularly important as you will want to ensure their performance meets your standards as quickly as possible and support them as they transition to working with you. For those first 30 days, you will want to engage in daily communication. Yes, I know that seems like a lot! But daily communication means you can catch issues quickly, pinpoint the root of any problems and provide solutions before they have the chance to snowball into something bigger.  
It also means you can tell if an employee just won’t work a lot sooner, and you can cut ties quickly. I’ve found the best way to do this is to ask these 3 questions each day: 
 
What did they do that day, and what results did they get? 
What problems or challenges have they faced? 
Do they have any questions they need to you answer? 
 
This opens the door for honest and clear communication, and allows recruits to give you honest feedback. This is good for them and good for you! 
 
Above all, remember that your recruiting practices can make or break your business. That’s why it’s so important to understand exactly how to find, identify and hire the best employees using a careful and strategic systems. If you use the right recruiting methods, you will create a passionate team that thrives. If you would like to know more, or need some help overhauling your recruiting process, I would love to help. Just get in touch with me today for your free, no obligation consultation. 
 
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