Your small business is booming so much that you need to add staff members. That growth means your business is succeeding, but fast growth is sometimes difficult to manage. Before you hire a slew of new employees, consider all the factors.
Are You Ready?
You see the growth in your company. You know you will need new staff members. Perhaps you handled all of the sales yourself but want to move toward hiring a sales staff. Before you start hiring, make sure you’re actually ready for the new position. Is there enough work to keep the person busy? Will the position bring enough value to the company to make the salary expense a wise investment? Hiring too soon can cost you money that is better invested in other areas of the business’ growth.
With only a few employees, the company culture is relatively easy to control. In times of rapid expansion, the company culture that you value can change. Before you start hiring, look at the values you want to remain intact. Hire with that culture in mind. Look for qualified candidates who will also fit into the office climate. A major disruption in the core values can leave the employees who were there from the beginning feeling dissatisfied.
Before you start interviewing or even advertising the new positions, have a finalized job description written. You need to know exactly what the person will do in order to find the best person for the job. Get your current team involved in developing the new positions and detailing the job duties. The people already working on the front lines likely have a better idea of what a new staff member would need to do.
With plenty of preparation, you’re ready to hire your new staff members. It’s easy to get ahead of yourself to keep up with the company growth, but taking your time to hire right the first time saves you money in the long run.