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Taking on employees or hiring freelancers is a vital aspect of running a successful business. True, many people start their businesses alone, but as your business grows, so will your workload. This means that the time will come when you need a helping hand. 

Your team is one of the most important parts of your business. They can make or break your company, which means that you need to make sure that you get the best team possible. 

Finding Your Team

The first step to building a team is finding the right people. Rather than diving into things, it’s important to formulate an effective recruitment strategy. You need to know and define your needs before you look for someone to fill them, then you need to communicate your expectations to potential candidates. 

Create a shortlist of potential candidates, constantly bearing in mind the role that you need to be filled. Depending on the state of your business, you may be unable to hire someone perfectly qualified for the position, but sometimes the perfect candidate can be developed rather than hired off the bat. 

Hiring the wrong person can be crippling. It wastes precious time and money. You aren’t just looking for qualified candidates, but you’re looking for people who will work well with you and other employees. A team must be able to work together, and that means finding people who aren’t ruled by their egos. 

The final step in the grueling hiring process is employee onboarding. It might be tempting to neglect this phase, but that would be a dangerous mistake for your team. Help the new employee to integrate well and make sure that they understand what they’re meant to do. Sometimes it takes a little time for them to settle in, so be patient and understanding. 

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Managing Your Team

Even if you manage to carefully craft your dream team of employees, the hard work doesn’t start there. A group of people thrown together doesn’t automatically become a team who can work well together. This takes time and, more importantly, effort.

The best teams can work together for a common goal, generally set by an effective leader. In this situation, that leader is you. Managing a team of people is by no means an easy task, but it can be a highly rewarding one. 

The first step is ensuring that you have a firm goal in mind. Without a plan, a team can’t effectively achieve anything of real importance. You need to set the goals and provide the tools to allow people to achieve them. This doesn’t mean that you have to micromanage people, however. You hire people who you trust to be good at their job, so trust them.

In time, you’ll be able to find an effective management strategy for your employees. Every employee is different. Sometimes you can forget that employees are, simply put, people. They have wants and needs and, if they’re unsatisfied, they will leave. Good leadership keeps morale high and helps you to retain employees.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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