Building a great business and a successful team almost always go hand in hand. Actually, it is extremely difficult to try and achieve any degree of success in a business organization until and unless you have managed to hire an absolutely great team. One that is able and willing to work with you. Here it is pertinent to note that it is always a ‘great team and never great people, per se. Sometimes great people may be awesome as individuals, but will not be able to gel well in a team (albeit it certainly helps if they are really good at their job). Look at it this way, the best soccer team isn’t one with the very best players on the planet. On the contrary, it is one where all of the players work collectively to implement an agreed-upon game plan. Yes, a few superstar employees will help to keep the whole team motivated, but it is unlikely that all of them will do the same. Let us see what you need to make that perfect winning team:
1. Identify What You Need Most
It is important to understand that the core objective of building a great team is not to pack it full of exceptional employees, but rather to hire individuals who have the capacity to collectively give their all while delivering consistent and extraordinary performance. For this purpose, you would have to identify the most important characteristics and attributes. These may include attitude, entrepreneurial ability, work ethic, social skills, etc. It would be a good idea to try and build your interview questionnaire around the key attributes that you want to highlight both before and during the whole of the recruitment process.
2. Don’t Recruit Copies of the Same Person
A highly successful team does not consist of a bunch of mindless clones that act and even think alike. It is more like an extended jigsaw puzzle whose many pieces come together to create a complete and well-coordinated whole. For this to happen naturally, you will need a clear balance of various personal attributes as well as professional skills that will be able to complement every member of your team.
3. Recruit Only Team Players
If a great recruit has issues with authority figures or is a disruptive influence on the whole team, it might be a good idea to refrain from hiring such an individual in the first place. In other words, it is of pivotal importance to only recruit people that you are convinced will get along well with both you as well as the remaining members of the team. I.e. individuals who will be able to get on well with each other. Such people should be able to interact both on and off the office floor, and even in social gatherings. They should not spend their time gossiping with each other but should be able to work and play, as and when required without any issues.
4. Recruit People Who Will Be Culturally Fit For Their Role
Corporate culture is extremely important. This oft-understated aspect of organizational culture can lead to many issues among staff members. This is why it is absolutely imperative to find out the cultural dynamics of the prospective employee prior to, or during the whole recruitment process. If the individual has a stellar resume but his work ethic is not consistent with your organizational values and mores, it would not be a good decision to hire such a person.
5. Consider using PEO services
It is a really nifty idea to try and use a professional employer organization (PEO) so as to find the ideal people for your team. As a matter of fact, using PEO services will definitely help you in hiring the very best talent for your organization. Especially if you are an employer of record companies.
A great team is a surefire ticket to financial and business success for your company. You have to make sure that you hire people with the right attitude as well as cultural values so that they are able to fit seamlessly into your company.
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