Hire quick, fire quicker — or some such saying. It means, hire when you need someone to expand your staff. Fire as quick as you discover the person isn’t working out. There is nothing worse for a small business owner to have hired someone who is a bad fit. That person could damage your business and its reputation and no entrepreneur can afford that.
We have 3 ways to hire smarter because if you’re fortunate enough to have grown your business to the point that you can expand your staff to be more than just you, congratulations! Another perk in hiring is that you can focus on your core competency and the new hire can take away those items at which you either don’t excel or that aren’t making any money for the business.
Many entrepreneurs look forward to the time when they can hire, but it is a time fraught with stress and the worry of “hiring wrong.” Here are a few ways to help ensure a new hire has your business best interests at heart.
3 Ways To Hire Smarter
What role are you hiring for? Define it as narrowly a you can, but leave a little space to expand the role if the person you hired has complementary skills that could be helpful in the future. Whether you’re hiring a vendor, a freelancer or an independent contractor for either full time, part time or per project, you need to know what you need them to do and what skills they need to have to fulfill the role. Having clearly defined – and written job tasks – with outcome metrics helps the new hire know what’s expected and helps you know whether it’s working out.
What do you need and why AND are you going to be able to delegate and let that person do his or her job? If you have an immediate need for help because you have a quick influx of opportunity, do you need someone on the payroll following that or is it a one time need? Be up front with the prospects.
Formulate an onboarding strategy to assist them in their job and you in their success. If a new hire is floundering and don’t know where to begin or what is expected of them, they will be dissatisfied and overwhelmed and will leave.
I have been fortunate in my hiring that I have had a couple of team members — my copywriter, for example — who has been with me for close to a decade. I have other project based vendors on whom I have also relied for many years. I set expectations up front, train staff, give them the tools they need to succeed and it has been a win-win!
As a business coach and serial entrepreneur and a man who rarely sits down and takes a day off, I understand the importance of self-care and that can come in the form of:
Long bubble baths
Spending time with friends or alone
Whatever relaxes and reinvigorates you Leading a balanced, orderly personal life will help you be a better leader. Find practical methods for eliminating stress, unhappiness and dissatisfaction.
Why Entrepreneurs Need To Practice Self-Care
You need to not only know what helps relax you, but you need to take time to do that as a way to keep yourself healthy and in charge at the helm.
Here are a few options to consider:
Lead a balanced orderly personal life because this will help you be a better, stronger leader
Look for methods and strategies that help eliminate stress, dissapate dissatisfaction and unhappiness as they sap your personal health
Reinvent who you are and what you do. When you try something new you are taking yourself out of your comfort zone and just that switch will help shake things up
You need to know what brings you peace. You need to know how to find serenity and your center. You also need to get away from electronics at least once a day — better yet, an entire day of the week you need to unplug.
Silence can be your friend. Turn off the television and radio, turn on a water fountain and listen to that sound.
When you’re with friends and family — be present. Don’t multitask your personal time.
Eat healthy meals.
when is the last time you took time to take care of yourself?
When you’re in the middle of a problem, it’s hard to see a way out. I know. I’ve worked with so many clients both in the swimming pool industry and in other industries and when they are struggling, it’s hard to see light at the end of the tunnel. When in the middle of a problem, it’s overwhelming and you struggle to put a strategy in place.
I think if you work through these steps you will see it’s not quite as bad as you originally thought. Ready?
What IS the problem? Do you truly know what it is? Sometimes you’re so bombarded with things that you don’t know the root issue. Define the problem precisely as the first step.
Look at it from different angles. Don’t just stare at the face of the problem. Look at it from the top, bottom and both sides. Expand your view to solve the problem. Also ask yourself, “what ELSE could the problem be?”
What caused the problem? If you know where or how it originated, you may be closer to solving it.
Come up with any and all potential solutions — not matter how whacky they seem. You may find a kernel of help in even the most far out solution.
Now that you’ve examined it deeply and have written down potential solutions, you’re at the point of choosing the solution you think will work best.
Set a deadline for the implementation of the solution.
If the first solution doesn’t work, try , try again. That’s why you developed more than one potential solution.
Go back and see whether your solution remedied the problem.
Pat yourself on the back if it did!
Jump into plan B and ask for help to solve the solution. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes or perspective shines the light on something you’re too close to see.