Every small business has had experience with good and bad employees. As we mentioned in our previous blogs, one of the deadly cash flow mistakes is the cost of bad hiring. A key strategy in operating a successful business is to identify and hire good employees who will contribute to the overall success of a business. The following traits are the one to look for when hiring:
Employees have to be a good fit for the job. A number of different methods can be used to determine if a candidate is a good fit for a particular job through the use of questionnaires, problem-solving exercises, take-home assignments, and other challenges specific to the job to help evaluate and test a candidate’s ability. If a potential employee is not able to do the job when hired, the resulting work performance will reflect poorly on the employee, the hiring decision-maker, and most importantly the business.
Integrity and Work Ethic
Businesses must hire honest people with high integrity. It can take years to build a good reputation that can be destroyed in an instant due to a dishonest and unethical employee especially in the age of online reviews. Employees should also have a strong work ethic that enhances the work ethic of others.
Potential candidates should be motivated to do the job beyond just their compensation. They should have an internal drive, an interest in the job and the business, and be willing to perform above and beyond the job description when needed.
Management has to identify and recruit talented employees who possess a natural ability to think through complex and evolving situations on the job. They are often the ones who come up with new, successful ways of improving performance.
Good employees should be high performers for the tasks assigned. They push themselves and others to work at peak performance and in turn, deliver high-quality products and services to customers. High performers help transform others to reach higher personal and business goals.
Businesses should strive to hire employees who are able to think and work independently. Employees who lack initiative require excessive amounts of time and effort from others in the way of guidance and monitoring.
Follow The Rules
Good employees follow the rules of acceptable behavior at all times with managers, co-workers, and especially with customers. Employees who do not follow the rules can “poison” other employees who may be inclined to imitate unpunished bad behavior. Small businesses cannot tolerate employees who consistently show up late, do low-quality work, or treat customers with little or no respect.
Fit The Business Culture
Employees who fit in with the culture of a business and share the vision business has created can be difficult to find, yet very important to find. Candidates should be asked a series of pertinent questions to determine the individual’s personality as much as possible. A bad fit today causes tomorrow’s problems, but a good fit today helps propel a small business or SME into the future.
Work Well With Others
To be successful, businesses must have a well-functioning team of employees. Dissatisfied and unhappy workers lower everyone’s performance. The hiring manager must determine if an applicant will get along with other employees and how a new employee might react in certain situations.
Advocate For The Business
Employees should be goodwill ambassadors for the business. The enthusiasm of excited employees rubs off on other employees and customers. Passionate employees enjoy their jobs and pass that passion on to others.
Now the question is how shall I know I’m hiring the best employee? As we previously talked about, asking the right questions is the key to choose the best candidate for your business.
At ZAD Consulting group our experts are helping businesses in different aspects of the business. Call us today or simply schedule a Free Consultation session and let us be an outside eye on your company.
Author : Arash Zad
Source : AASBC SEMP Approach