We often hear business owners and managers say “it’s so hard to find good people – we’ll just do it ourselves”.
But as we’ve discussed in many blogs and eBooks, critical to building business value is having the people resource that allows the business to deliver sustainable returns and earnings.
If you find yourself throwing your hands in the air and saying ‘I’ll do it myself’ because you can’t find someone suitable for a role, or you’ve hired three people in 18 months and they’ve failed to stay or deliver the outcomes you were after, you need to reconsider your recruitment process and what you’re trying to achieve.
It’s probably not what you want to hear, but chances are the problem is not with the employee. It may be with the way you’ve approached the process as an employer.
Advice from our eBook
We covered this issue in one of our first eBooks: How to get good staff and keep them.
The eBook provides advice on some key areas of recruiting – here’s a brief overview:
- 3 steps to take before you interview
- Understand the role you are recruiting for and document the outcomes you want
- Create a checklist of skills, capabilities and experience needed to achieve those outcomes
- Identify the non-negotiable critical attributes or strengths needed in potential candidates.
Once you’re clear on what you want from the role, move on to the candidate assessment process:
- 7 golden rules for a successful hire
- Conduct a robust sourcing process
- Share the job of interviewing and selecting
- Be transparent with information about your business
- Recruitment is not a one-way transaction
- Don’t employ impulsively
- Due diligence is a two-way street
- Have a well-defined on-boarding process
You can download the eBook for a detailed explanation of each of those steps.
There are good people out there
There are good people in the market, they can be identified, they can be recruited.
They can also meet your expectations as a business owner or manager provided:
- you are transparent in what your expectations are
- you conduct a robust due diligence assessment on their potential ‘fit’ for the role
- you help them meet their own expectations.
If you would like support with recruiting for key roles in your business, contact the team at JPAbusiness on 02 6360 0360 (Orange) or 02 9893 1803 (Parramatta).
James Price has over 30 years' experience in providing strategic, commercial and financial advice to Australian and international business clients. James' blogs provide business advice for aspiring and current small to mid-sized business owners, operators and managers.