We all know that delegation is a huge part of being a successful entrepreneur. If you want to grow your business, you can’t take on every single task that needs to be done, and you can’t micromanage them all, either. You need to be able to let go and know that your employees will take care of everything for you.
Of course, mastering the art of delegation and learning to trust others with your dreams is only half of the equation. You can be the best delegator in the world and have a hands-free management style, but it won’t mean anything if your employees aren’t on board with you and won’t take care of their responsibilities. The key is to hire people whom you know will have the best interests of your business in mind.
When you do this, and you know that your people are really working with and for you to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true, trust will be the easiest thing in the world. After all, when your employees always do their best for you, always come to you with issues and suggestions, and always communicate well with each other, what else can you expect but the best?
So, what can you do to ensure that you’re hiring the very best people for your business? Follow a few simple tips.
JUST SAY NO TO NEPOTISM
First, as much as you’d like to hire a friend who’s having trouble getting a job or bring your brother-in-law on because it’ll make your spouse happy, don’t do it. Hiring friends and family just because they’re friends and family is a good way to end up with employees who have a sense of entitlement because they’re “buddies with the boss.”
That doesn’t mean that you can’t hire people you have a personal relationship with outside of your business, but you need to be very careful. Before you even agree to accept their résumé, have a serious talk with them about the job, your business, your goals, and what your relationship with them will be like when you’re at work. Only after they understand exactly how serious you are about your business and only after you’re convinced that they’ll be a good candidate should you even accept their résumé, let alone invite them for an interview.
COMPETENCY IS ONLY THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR CONSIDERATION
As you’re getting started, you know that you can’t pay as much as some of the bigger businesses out there, and that you won’t have the same benefits (at least at first) that those companies have. As a result, you might be tempted to consider anyone for the job who’s competent and has at least some experience. Don’t succumb to this temptation.
If you start out by hiring people who only meet the bare minimum requirement for consideration in your business, you’re going to end up doing a lot of babysitting and micromanaging. Worse, your business will gain the reputation of hiring mediocre employees. Then you won’t stand a chance of attracting the kind of employees that you really want.
Remember, you started your business on your own or with a couple of partners. If you need to take a few more weeks (or even months) to find employees who have the right skills and can mesh well with your business, then take those weeks or months. You’ll be far happier with some overtime and cramped schedules for the next few weeks than with employees you have to babysit over the next few years. Take the time to hire the right people for the job, and your business will grow faster than you ever thought possible.