Transforming your recruitment process doesn’t have to give you a headache or cost you the earth.
In our current economy the opportunity for SME’s to grow at speed is immense. The sheer scale shown by the following statistics will give you an indicator of the potential your company or potential investments into a company available right now.
National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses Limited
That is one BIG bag of potential, especially for those of us living or wanting to invest in the South West.
Now, to get your company from SME to a large business will take a big operational turnaround. Don’t be discouraged by that. Spending the time to update and streamline your recruitment process will ensure the journey is smooth and painless.
Bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes – we’re going on a quest to discover the root cause of your growth problems and leaving no stone unturned.
Of course, unlike Sherlock, people skills are very much needed in this process. We’re here to help, not judge. Especially as it can be hard to admit you need help if you’re the leader of the business. We want to be able to do everything from the inside out. We remain neutral but the key word here is delegation, not defeat.
What kind of problems would we typically find in a discovery?
During discovery we look not only at the recruitment processes but also at the people you currently have in your team. Who is overworked and needs another person doing their job with them to spread the workload more realistically? Regardless of their rank, be realistic of how much one individual can do. Once you know that, you’ve taken your first step towards clearer recruitment needs.
Is someone in the wrong position? Are their skills better suited elsewhere in the company? In extreme cases, once a company’s brand has been established you will find they may be better suited in another company all together. Don’t be afraid to make big changes for the good of the growth of the business.
Was someone hired without enough experience and no one to train them? Here at Mployable, we love the word potential but we’re also aware there must be someone in the company who can give that individual some attention. There’s only so much you can figure out for yourself. The best ideas come when we work together.
This exchanging of fresh ideas leads to the innovation you need and crave to grow any business.
Time and money problems. Are you spending too much time finding candidates due to the failure to retain and attract? Is it costing you lots in cash and working hours?
Once we have a clear idea of that we can then move onto brand.
Why should you care about brand?
Your brand is what you project to the world, which in turn is what you project to potential candidates. Purpose comes from knowing you are exactly where you are meant to be. Purpose makes for productive and engaged employees. Those are the people you want on the bus to grow your business even further. So make that clear in the job advertisements and reinforce it in your interview process.
Watch our Director, Rosie Stevens at Disrupt HR to find out why we hate it when companies simply list responsibilities and ‘we’ all over their job advertisements.
Full video HERE
What characteristics and experiences are truly needed to become successful in your field?
Ensure you are giving real insights into what is would be like to work in this company. A thorough discovery process will reveal which interview techniques and questions aren’t working.
To encourage retention, you can’t be making false promises. We may be in a candidate driven market, but that doesn’t mean you can sugar coat the opportunities. Tell them the good stuff, the less interesting task and the challenges they will have to face. Tell them about your management style and office dynamic. Everyone has their individual working styles but at the core of it there is one team.
It clearly is broke, so fix it
“I had to reject the prescription and carve my own path”
David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners
You don’t end up failing to retain staff, attract the wrong people or not filling positions properly without having made some wrong decisions somewhere down the line.
Remember all those SME’s that could grow to become bigger companies or be your next investment opportunities? Growing or having the right team alongside you is the first step to success. If you’re at a loss and can’t see what needs to change, get a fresh pair of eyes on it.