The rise of the ‘girl boss' over the past few years has been pretty meteoric. More women than ever are not only involved in the world of business but are running their own companies. When you start your own business, it will probably operate as a one man/one woman band for quite some time. After all, many businesses start in the home on a whim. This can be great for the first year or so – but ultimately, if your business starts to grow, you will need to look seriously at expansion. The last thing you want is for your business to fall at the last hurdle, simply because you didn't want anyone else involved. Whilst it can be scary inviting someone else into the project you've worked so hard on, having employees can be incredibly rewarding. The problem is, once you've found a good one, how do you keep them interested? Business owners are always looking for the sharpest new talents around, so the arena is very competitive. Here are some tips on how you can find the best people for the job and more importantly, how you can keep them working for you.
Create opportunities for growth
When you create a job role within your business, you will need to outsource someone to fill that role. After all, it's not like you have an existing portfolio of people you know and trust to choose from. But when you HAVE gone on to hire a handful of people, it’s important to offer the opportunity for promotion and even custom awards and trophies to keep them engaged towards work .Most people take an entry level role with the hope to grow and expand themselves within the business. Offering the ‘next-level' role to a complete newcomer is not only risky for you; it can also be disheartening for your employees. Before outsourcing a new member of staff, first look into your current talent pool and see if anyone fits the role.
Equal opportunity is very important in business these days. Many employers could be missing a trick if they choose not to hire someone, or to fire someone, because of something out of that person's control. A common example of this is people with disabilities. If an employee of yours falls ill or suddenly becomes disabled, you should take it upon yourself to support them through it. If they are unsure where to turn to, suggest to them a firm such as David Chermol who will be able to help them financially if they need to take time off work. This kind of attitude towards your employees will make you a valued employer and your employees will show loyalty in return.
Reward good work
Business can be brutal – and no one really expects a gold star and a pat on the head anymore when they do something good. But showing thanks to your employees doesn't mean you have gone ‘soft' – it's basic courtesy, and something that many employers these days lack. Introduce a reward scheme – whether it's a financial bonus or simply winning a small prize at the end of a trading period. It will act as an incentive to your staff and will help bring the company together too.