A business without employees is not a business, it is just an infrastructure, an empty shell, a broken kaleidoscope of hope, ideas and thoughts. A business needs employees in order for it work properly, and to develop and flourish in the correct way. Essentially, employees within a business are the oil to the cogs of the business and enable it to move forward and remove any obstacles with limited damage. So, then, we know that every single business in the world has employees within it. Without employees in place, the business simply will not work and it will remain static and limited. However, even if employees are in place then there is still a chance that the business will not be working to its full potential and that is because the employees are simply either not the correct people for the roles or for the company, or employees have been assigned roles which they are not comfortable with, or that the employees do not feel empowered, positive or full of morale when they arrive to work. With these type of employees, they need to be sniffed out and shifted either out of the company or to a different section of the company which they would fit into better.
It is essential that a business manages to hire the right employees in order for it to be able to develop and work as positively as should be able to. With the wrong employees in place it is highly likely that different aspects of the business – or sometimes the whole business – will become negative towards the company and can lead to cracks within the management structure. You can often tell if the wrong employees are in place as workloads will not be met, deadlines sometimes have to be extended and customer feedback outlines negative feelings towards the company. Employees who are a wrong fit within the company will also appear to be talking to fellow colleagues a lot (and they more than likely will not be talking about work), will use the internet for personal reasons and not work related issues, and will do just about anything other than their given work so that they can procrastinate and feel that they have an easy time at work and earn easy money.
Employees who are a wrong fit can also easily influence other employees within the company. An attitude that is negative can be picked up on by others and this can affect the business as, say, if a good employee is having a bad day for whatever reason it may be, if they see another employee just sat at their desk browsing through social media, they could feel inclined to also do that. This can result in a domino effect with a whole range of different employees, and if it is not picked up on and stopped it can become a very big problem within the workplace and can considerably affect the company as a whole.
When thinking about hiring employees who will be able to benefit the business and help it to flourish, it could be a good idea to write down what sort of employees you would like – think about key skills, such as communication, literacy and teamwork – and then write down points which you would not like employees to have – such as a checkered employment history, lack of references or experience of only working in one field and that they have not branched their personal development out. Also, you could put some thought into what you would like the employees to do, and what you do not need anymore within the company.
For example, if your company specialises in graphic design, and logo design for other companies is something which has recently taken off to an unprecedented level, you would do well to hire a designer with a lot of experience in logo design and branding, rather than a designer who has sole experience of designing book cover, for example. If you feel that your financial department or HR department has become saturated and overly full, then you could also put some thought into working with The Smart Accountants and streamlining your finance department by simply working with a third party who provide you with access – online – to view your accounts.
When it comes to the interview stage, stay true to yourself about what sort of employees you are looking for. It can sometimes be difficult to stick to your guns once you begin the interview process, as you will be meeting potential employees for the first time. If one of your main points is that you would like all candidates to turn up for their interview smartly dressed and with a smile, and some candidates do not do this, but they seem like a great fit for the company during the interview, you will need to do some thinking. These candidates did not meet your initial requirement so how is that going to affect your business in the long run – does it mean they are not good at listening to what you need them to do, or did they simply misunderstand what you asked? If they were very good during the interview then there is a chance that they will be a considerably good fit for the company, but are you willing to take that risk and overrule your initial requirements? Again, it is up to you to make that decision.
When employees benefit a company, it is obvious that a company will become more profitable, will develop more of a structure and will also become a more reputable business. Think long and hard about what sort of employees you would like, and do not make a brash decision in the interview stage. Think about the employees who made an impression on you, take as long as you need to assess their CV and then, also, ask for employees in high positions in the company whether or not the candidate you have selected will fit within the company.