Most companies begin with the thoughts and actions of just one person. But there comes a point when it becomes clear that one person will not be able to do everything. There is, after all, so much to do when you’re running a company! At that point, you’ll need to work on bringing other people on board and build a team. However, this won’t just happen. You can’t just hire anyone and expect it to work. In this blog, we’re going to run through some useful tips that’ll help you to build a team of employees that works for you rather than against you.
Define Your Culture
Everything’s much easier when the people on a team buy into a project. Think of it like a football team. If the players don’t buy into what the manager is trying to do, then it’s more or less game over. It’s even worse when the football manager doesn’t even have an idea of what they’re trying to achieve. There’s nothing to buy into! You’ll find that it’s much easier to build a winning team if you define your culture. What is the overall atmosphere of the office? What is the identity of your company? These are the things you need to think about.
Improve Your Hiring Process
You can’t build a title-winning team if you don’t have players that can take you to that level. If you’ve only managed to bring onboard subpar players, then it’ll be important to review your hiring process. There’s every chance that you’re only attracting the weakest employees, all because of something as simple as your job advertisement. By changing a few words, you can shift the tone of your job description to something that the more talented applicants will respond to. All too often, managers publish job advertisements that are overly demanding and which don’t tell the applicant why they’d want to work for the company. There’s only one type of person that responds to those types of ads — people who don’t have any other options.
Onboarding and Immersion
They say that you should start as you mean to go on. If your employee begins their time with you in a positive way, then it’ll be much more likely that they’ll hit the ground running, and that it’ll be a successful hire. Do you have an onboarding process at your company? Do you make your new recruits feel welcome? If the answer is no, then you’ll know what you need to change. It’s tempting to think that hires will simply fall into their role and naturally become a part of the team, but that’s far from guaranteed.
If you’ve hired well, then you’ll have employees that have the potential to do a lot of good for your business. However, the key word there is potential. It’s not guaranteed. Even if they’re super talented, they’ll still need to receive training on how to do their job correctly. Make sure you’re providing them with all the training they need to deliver their best work. This shouldn’t just be a one-time thing, either. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in — there’ll always be new and improved methods of working coming out. But unless you’re giving your staff training, then they won’t know what they are.
As well as offering specific training related to the employee’s job, you should also offer all employees broad training related to matters which, if not handled correctly, could spell big problems for your business. Two examples of this would be GDPR and cyber security. Breaches in these two domains typically come from employee errors. By offering cyber awareness and GDPR training, you’ll be minimising the chances that one of your team commits a potentially costly error. These are things that you’ll want to offer on a regular basis, too.
It’s one thing to build a team. It’s another thing to keep that team. If you’re always losing your staff members because they’re leaving for other jobs, then you’ll likely have an employee retention issue — and this is something that can cost you a lot of money and productivity. In any case, it’s just annoying. The good news is that it’s always possible to push this side of your business in the right direction. For instance, are you paying your team enough money? Are you offering a chance for them to grow and develop at your business? Have you created a pleasant environment? Make these changes, and you’ll have a team of staff who want to stay with you.