"A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people." -Jim Collins
The hiring market is heating up and employees are moving around. Next month, we'll chat about how to keep good employees. This month, we're going to look at the project of onboarding - finding great employees and jump-starting their success.
Even with unbiased and powerful tools available today, many managers kid themselves into thinking that their brilliance and personal observation strength will find the best hire. I used to be one of these people. Now I know that none of us are able to see our own biases. The pressure of the job market drives decisions made too quickly, resumes are mentally filtered to see what you're looking for and clearly troublesome patterns of behavior are discounted. My personal bad behavior is 'leading the witness' with stupid interview questions like 'you do like working in a flexible environment, don't you?' You need to get good at hiring quickly, as proven by this list of Top 25 jobs that pay the most and are most needed. Someone may be trying to interview your staff right now. The grass is always greener...
Firing people who don't work out, which I was doing more frequently than not, is not something I look forward to. A friend said to me "You're not allowed to hire anymore," which ticked me off. Even though I have a small business, any job opening and hire has a dramatic impact to RMA's overall success. It is very costly and disruptive to hire the wrong person. The person that is currently saying "I just need a body…" is likely about to fire someone shortly.
What if we looked at a hire as if we were acquiring a new business? Wouldn't we invest time getting everything set if we were purchasing and integrating a new business with the one we have? What are the steps you would go through to complete this project?
- You'd create a Project Charter to scope out all the players involved, establish the objectives, risks, constraints, governance and communication needed.
- You'd create a Project Schedule and implement it to make sure all the pieces are adequately completed.
- Hire Right
- Develop Onboard Plan
- Implement Onboard Plan
- Performance Review