Five Things to Look For When Hiring Staff For Your Firm

Even God didn’t create the world in a day.

We have all heard that line at least once in our lives, haven’t we?

What about this one – Even God didn’t create the world by him or herself.

Your firm is no different.

Unless you want to work 16 hours a day doing everything that your firm does, you will need some help.

But how do you do this properly? How do you find the right people to do the right things?

The last thing you want is to have a crew who you regret hiring. You need to take this very seriously, as staff and crew can be the costliest thing in a business.

These are five things that should be considered when you have made the decision to hire a crew.

Item #1: See if you even need a crew or staff

Automation is all around us. More and more retail stores are using kiosks and self checkout counters, and very soon these will be all that is seen in any fast food establishment or retail store.

This is no different when it comes to the “paperwork” when it comes to a business.

The very first thing you need to consider is if you even need anybody to help. This is especially true if your entire business is managed online.

There exists software that is easily accessible on your smartphone that can handle all the bookkeeping aspects of your business without needing to hire a bookkeeper or even an accountant.

If your business is completely managed online, consider using software like this. It may save your from needing to spend money on a crew.

Item #2: Find out if you can use contractors instead of employees

Another thing that is becoming popular is freelancing. Many people, especially younger people, are leaving their 9-5 lifestyles to enter the world of being self employed.

Being a freelancer is one of the gateways to being self employed. Nearly a third of all working people in the United States do some form of freelancing, being very attached to the freedom aspect of it.

This phenomenon has opened up a new world in the workforce, and to any business owner, it can be an opportunity to create your own crew because it is now much easier to find freelance workers.

More and more business owners are waking up to the fact that having employees is much more troublesome than it needs to be. The rules and guidelines that exist surrounding employees can make the process of finding people to work for you very difficult.

However, this does not mean that hiring employees instead of assistants and freelancers is out of the question. If your firm is large and you need a very organized way to hire staff, then it is much better to hire employees than assistants and freelancers.

Item #3: Understand the knowledge and positive attitude paradox

One of the trickiest things about looking for help is drawing the line between knowledge and having a positive attitude.

Some of the most knowledgeable candidates can have boring, standoffish, or even toxic attitudes. This could be for a number of reasons, but most of the time it is because they let their knowledge speak for itself.

On the other hand, it is completely possible to have candidates who have really good attitudes but very little knowledge. These are individuals who, while inexperienced, have an almost innocently curious approach to learning things and doing things.

When businesses recruit, they are usually not as aware of this as they should be. They try to look for people with a combination of knowledge and a good attitude. This is very difficult to find.

The better thing to do is to know what aspects of your business require knowledge and what aspects require a good attitude. Being aware of this will make hiring much easier than wasting energy and money looking for perfect candidates.

Item #4: Offer bonuses instead of systematic raises

Compensation is one of the most complicated issues when it comes to hiring. Many business owners are torn between giving their best crew members raises or bonuses.

The problem with raises is twofold. First, other crew members will get jealous of the one person who got the raise. This affects their productivity and in the worst case, they will be highly tempted to underperform in the future. If they didn’t get a raise, what kind of incentive they have?

Expectations are another problem. When somebody gets a raise, they immediately think of when their next raise will be. If they do not know when their next raise is, they will not have any incentive to perform better.

Most of this is addressed when bonuses are offered, as long as these bonuses follow these two rules.

First, the bonus must be equal to one full week of compensation. Crew members should have a large incentive to receive a bonus. If the bonus is too low, the incentive will be too low and there will be no interest.

Second, the bonus must be available to everybody involved in the task regardless of position or experience. This creates an even playing field where everything is equal. No favorites can be played under any circumstances.

Item #5: Know your budget down to the last cent

The concept of hiring is to pay somebody to do a favor.

This is not possible if your budget is not known. Employers and firms can get into a lot of trouble if they do not know their budget. This is especially true when it comes to those who have decided to loan money to start their business.

Whether you need to be your own accountant or if you need to hire one, you need to know your budget all the way down to the last red cent. If you do not do this, you are guaranteed to run into trouble down the road when it comes to hiring staff.

Hiring staff can be stressful and risky, but it doesn’t need to be. If you are able to understand why you need help and are willing to take the time to consider certain things, the process of hiring a crew will be much less stressful.

Marie ErhartBusiness
Even God didn’t create the world in a day. We have all heard that line at least once in our lives, haven’t we? What about this one - Even God didn’t create the world by him or herself. Your firm is no different. Unless you want to work 16 hours a day doing...