When to Consider Hiring Staff
Whatever stage your business is at, whatever type of business you run, whether you currently have existing staff or not, staff are a vital part of any business. Your staff are the ones who promote your business, who establish customer relationships, who support your organisational image. They are especially important for a growing business, in order to bring new ideas and innovation into the business, and to establish new departments, leaders and representatives. Today I will talk to you about the factors involved with the process of hiring staff. Where can you find the right staff for your business? How do you appoint the right person to the right role, at the right time?
Timing is key
When considering hiring staff you must firstly look at what stage your business is at. For example, if your business has only recently started up then you will need to keep an eye on your working capital / cash flow, as you will have so many other outgoings to cover. Consequently, you may not be in a position to hire a large group of staff. It would be more strategic to see what areas of the business require new staff the most, and allocate a couple of new staff to start out with. Obviously if you urgently require a new staff member (e.g, to cover maternity leave), or maybe even a specialist employee such as an IT technician, then exceptions can be made. If your business is well established and you are looking to restructure / expand, then you may be faced with different questions. For example, would it be more cost effective and time efficient to recruit internally in this case? Will new / additional staff aid the growth of the company?
Whatever position your business is in, you must always consider the financial factors involved with hiring new staff. This does not just include the additional wages to be paid; you must also review the cost for the recruitment and selection process. For example, where are you going to advertise, and how much will this cost?
You must also review the position that you wish to recruit for and measure it up against the incoming applicants. It is important that you select the best person possible for the post, both in terms of what they can bring to the role and also their potential to grow personally and professionally.
Where can I find staff?
You may wish to seek the assistance of an employment agency when it comes to the hiring process. You will find plenty of them online! You could also seek advice from an experienced HR or recruitment consultant. Both of these sources will be able to advise you on where you will most likely find the right applicants for your business.
A Final Thought
Essentially, if you hire the right people into the right roles at the right time your staff can represent a source of competitive advantage for your business. As well as effective recruitment, selection, and resourcing, you must also ensure that you retain your existing staff through effective talent management.
If you have any tips on the hiring process, or where to find excellent staff, please let us know!