Whatever the nature of your business, you need to know that you’re hiring the right people to facilitate its ongoing growth and prosperity. Many entrepreneurs go it alone, but more tend to go into business with friends, veteran colleagues or at the very least people they already have a good working relationship with. It makes total sense for businesses to be built on the backs of people who know and trust each other, who share the risks and rewards equally. When all the hard work and endeavour pay off, and the business grows, then it becomes necessary to cast the net and recruit a new breed of employees to contribute to the growth of the business and take it to the next level. When this happens, however, it can be difficult for smaller businesses to know how to recruit and retain those top-tier candidates.
Outsource your recruitment where possible
One of the hardest lessons for an entrepreneur to learn is when to let go and entrust a facet of their business’ operation to an outsourced company. This is as true for recruitment as it is for IT support or marketing. While, you’ll want to get a personal impression of your new candidates, it’s an uncomfortable truth that you may be less able to discern the best quite as well as an outsourced recruitment agency.
If you would rather not fully outsource the process, employment verification from ClearStar may be a happy medium. This will allow you to perform your own background checks in an easy and accessible way. That said, outsourcing recruitment has some inherent advantages:
- Reduced costs: Outsourcing your recruitment saves money on advertising the position, venue hire for interviews and the cost of candidate background screening. These costs are borne by the agency and in exchange for an up-front fee, which will generally reduce both your cost-per-hire and time-per-hire.
- Limits the impact on your productivity: Recruiting a high volume off staff in a short space of time, can devour time and resources (especially if you’re new to the recruitment business). This lost time can be damaging to your on productivity in ways that have a knock-on effect on your output.
- It’s more effective: Recruitment agencies are not only adept at identifying and vetting great candidates, they also work with the aims and priorities of the business in mind. Most entrepreneurs are ideally placed to identify the areas in which the right personnel can benefit their business, recruitment agencies are better placed to spot the attributes that complement this in their candidates.
But, now you’ve got the right candidates, how do you retain them to make sure they don’t jump ship and swim over to your competitors? One word — onboarding.
Onboarding is vital in ensuring that new employees have the best possible start and hit their stride as quickly as possible so that they can bring their skills and experience to bear on your business without a long and frustrating interstice.
Ideally all existing employees should be made aware of the new addition to the team prior to them starting so that they will already have an idea of who the new person is and how they will fit in. They should have the facilities and training to be great at what they do from day one and should turn up on their first day of work with all their paperwork done and ready so that they can get started on the task at hand.
With just a little preparation the right candidates will be part of the furniture before you know it, making real and meaningful contributions to your ongoing business success.