If you own a small business, then expanding the workforce will be on your bucket-list with the business growing over the time. From a humble team of 10 to 15 people you may have plans to have more than 3 dozens of people onboard. How should you about the process of hiring and why is it necessary. Let us study these questions and find answers to the same in detail.
Here is how you can add employees to your existing workforce and expand your business.
- Establish Your Need
The foremost goal has to be determining your need. Which team and department require additional staff? What support system do they require to get the task done? Are you equipped with the finances to hire and maintain a new addition? If you are looking for funds to add staff, then you can look for sponsors or a business loan for the purpose. But do manage your business credit wisely so as that it does not overpower your organization’s cash-flow.
- Analyze the Team Effort
You have to carefully audit the existing processes and staff. Every employee’s contribution towards his job role must be scrutinized. Is he doing the tasks as expectation? Are they doing things as per protocol and in an efficient manner? Will adding more workers to the teams bring any benefit to the organization or the existing workforce is sufficient for the role? Do the existing staffs need more support or encouragement to get better at their work, and thus, eliminate the need of hiring new employees?
- Understand the Workflow
Perhaps, restructuring the work schedule and workflow is sometimes enough to deal with staff shortage. However, if you feel the need of new employees, you can do so, but do make them understand that they have to follow the guidelines and take on new tasks, if required (especially if you are looking for someone to place as replacement for people who have recently left the company or someone who was highly skilled to handle more than one job).
- Gauge the Impact on Business
Know how the hiring of new employees will impact your business. Get the financial projections in place and design a work module so as to optimize on the team. Make the existing members aware that new workforce will be hired and how they are to support and help each other out to work as a team. Have a strict employee code so that core information does not get revealed, especially if the projects are confidential and susceptible to breaches. Gauge the overall impact of expanding your team and plan accordingly.
- Right Time to Hire
There are times when a small business and enterprise booms and there are times, when it does not do too well. Adding to the team at the right time can spell a huge difference. You may not want to hire new staff if you are not making much profit or facing recession in business, and vice-versa. If there are too many projects to handle, and you are anticipating growth and need of employees, then you may hire more skilled workforce.
- Finalize a Recruiting Process
Who is going to do the hiring process? Will it be you yourself or an internal staff or a human resource team? Are you looking for a third-party agency or company to do the hiring for the company? How soon you need people to join your company? Who will be conducting the interview? What will the interviewing process be like? What will be judging parameters? How much can you expend on the new staff? When will be the date of joining? Who will conduct the induction process?
- Shifting Resources
Sometimes a team is too bloated and you can assign new roles to members so as to divide work, and not over-saturate a job position. One way to do so is to shift a person from one team that is already over-staffed to, another team. This way, you just have to shift employees within organizations and won’t have to hire more employees. This step is especially taken when a new branch office is being established elsewhere or a new project is undertaken.
- Welcome the Staff Onboard
Once the hiring has been done, it is not time to make them feel at home. Have the HR Manager introduce the new staff to existing employees. Some companies welcome employees by gifting them goodies, taking them on a day-out the very first day, or simply getting to know each other through a few interaction activities. You may choose one that suits your organizational structure and make the staff feel welcome onboard.
We are sure that the above-given tips will definitely help you entrepreneurs manage the hiring process like a piece of cake.