The benefits of employee teamwork over working on an individual basis are many. There are also advantages to working as a one man band. However, making that transition from just a sole trader to hiring a team to work can be tricky. In the world of startups and established companies, you’re only as good as the people you’ve hired, so make it count. Here are some pointers to recruiting a team for your business.
Small companies have their advantages over large ones. While it can be tempting to want to “have it large” very quickly, figures show that people are more likely to leave larger companies for smaller ones. Working for a large organisation can make an employee appear somewhat faceless. Those that exited from a larger organisation to a smaller one did so because they were more interested in the challenge as opposed to the financial benefits. So when looking for your team, it can be easy to be put off by those that have the more prominent business names on their CV. In fact, these could be the people that will stick by you in the long term.
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Structuring the team into a framework is vital for the early days of any business. If you are going from a one man band to a collective, you will have no doubt established your working structure. However, if you have not, an idea of working without any form framework will be something you could look back on years down the line and shudder.
Hiring a select few instead of looking for a single person to fill a single role will have advantages for you. Apart from the financial benefit, the notion of quality over quantity comes into play. While it can be overwhelming to receive hundreds of applications in your inbox, pick a few that stand out and spend time with these candidates.
Referrals can be a reason that people gain an unfair advantage over people that apply for jobs “cold”. The old adage of “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” can never be underestimated when employing a team, especially for a small company. After all, if you have employed someone into your team and they recommend someone else that is a good fit, that has saved you many man hours in the employment rigmarole. And as your company expands and further roles arise, your employees can become your recruiters, utilizing your resources to maximum effect.
Have you heard the saying “the people make the job”? This is never more truer in getting a team together. The people need to work together and cooperate. Depending on the size of your team, from a mini start-up of 12, to organisations of hundreds, the ability to communicate and get along is vital. Happy workers make for a happy work life. How can this be achieved? Hire people that are wanting to make an impact and your business can increase its profile.
Never forget, recruiting a team is a process, and these things take time. If starting to recruit a team and you feel it’s just not happening quickly enough, that’s fine. Recruiting the right people is infinitely better than just needing to fill a seat.