Why do companies search for the most qualified and experienced candidates? It is because they know that employees are the key to a successful business. While business owners often take on important tasks, make difficult decisions, and ultimately sign the paychecks, it is employees who truly maintain a company on a day-to-day basis.
Why Employees are Essential to Growth
As a business owner, you may feel the need to do everything yourself to ensure that it is done correctly. At the end of the day, however, taking on every task alone will be overwhelming, time-consuming, and maybe even straight up impossible. If you ever plan on expanding, taking on more clients, or becoming a well-known brand, you will eventually need to delegate tasks to employees.
Many companies, such as Apple, may have started out small, but as their products gained popularity, it became increasingly necessary to hire help. Without the dedication of these employees, Apple may not have reached the global success that it enjoys today. So, unless you want to remain like the Apple of 1976 (three friends in a garage), you may need to take on some employees (of which Apple currently has about 80,000).
How to Help Your Company Succeed Through its Employees
While you may be wary about hiring additional staff, remember that it is essential to the ultimate growth of your brand. To quell your fears about taking on new members, try the following:
- Find out what your needs are and do your research. Talk to your team and figure out where there’s a true need for an extra set of hands. Are salesmen overloaded with clients and struggling to be effective? Are warehouses adequately staffed, or could you push out more product more quickly with extra labor? Decide where you’d benefit most from additional staff, then brainstorm to decide what the right candidate looks like. What credentials or experience would be the most beneficial to that area of the business? Then follow-up with the candidates via interview, reference checks, and examples of their work (such as a writing sample).
- Learn how to delegate. Once you have hired employees, learn how to properly delegate tasks. By doing so, you can get more done in less time. Start by simply accepting the fact that you are human and can only accomplish so much — let go of the idea that only you can do it correctly and embrace the idea that not only can someone else do it correctly, they might have the skills to do in a way you never thought of. Work with your team to build a mutual trust, then start by delegating small tasks and gradually work your way up to bigger projects.
- Check in. Without micromanaging, check in with your employees regularly. Ask if they need clarification with assignments or any additional information you haven’t provided. It’s OK to ask for progress reports, but don’t be too pushy or follow-up too frequently. It’s important that your workers know you trust them to get the job done — otherwise, they might doubt their abilities or worse, resent you for asking for help. If they have achieved goals, be sure to make note of their success and provide encouragement for the future.
- Be flexible. Happy employees equal a more efficient and effective workplace, so make sure that employees feel appreciated. Sometimes simply giving public recognition of a big sale or successful project can make a world of difference. Make it a habit to constantly let your workers know that their good work is not only noticed, it’s also appreciated.
When you hire employees, it can seem like you are losing control, but remember that employees are essential to the growth of your brand.