When You Have to Hire Fast
Hiring anyone is a gamble. It doesn’t matter if you are an independent instructor or studio owner at some point you will need to hire help or team members. And, the choices you make can help propel your business forward or cost you time and money. And, while the adage saying “hire slow and fire fast” might be in the forefront of your brain that doesn’t quite explain the things to keep in mind when hiring slow or firing fast. And, what do you do when you have to hire fast? How do you know you are hiring out of desperation?
In my years managing retail stores and studios, there were times when I needed to hire someone ‘yesterday!’ The goals and demands required help sooner than I had anticipated. And, then there were the times when someone quit and even with a two-weeks notice I still had yet to find a replacement. I learned the hard way in my retail days the problems that came along with hiring out of desperation and need rather than listening to my gut or taking a hit on the bottom line and waiting for the right person to come along.
Hire Out of Desperation vs. Alignment
When you hire out of desperation you:
- Often lie to yourself about the likelihood that this is a good match
- You waste time training, onboarding and holding that person accountable to the expectations of the job.
- Lose the opportunity to meet and find the right person
- Affect the client experience and could potentially lose clients and money as well as time.
- Create a potentially toxic environment for your whole team and could end up needing to do more damage control than the hire was worth
When you hire out of alignment you:
- Choose people based on their goals and abilities cohabitating with your goals and needs
- Create a team that is stronger and cohesive
- Use your time and energy wisely
- Empower those around you
- Increase client experience and growth of the community
Are you sitting there reading this and feeling like you have a team member, web developer, a social media consultant who may have been hired out of desperation? That’s ok! We have all been there. And, while I would love to sit here and say that if you hire out of alignment it’s all rainbows and dollar signs I can’t. There are no guarantees. However, in my experience, if you take the time to hire based on alignment even if the relationship is short-lived the experience is positive and creates space for growth!
If you are ready for tips on best hiring practices, questions to ask, answers to pay attention to and what to do when you’ve made a mistake then join me on my next webinar all about hiring! It’s not just about hiring staff that work in your studio. It’s also great advice for hiring people who will create your website or consult with you in other ways. Find out the details on how to hire teachers here.
Hiring can be stressful and exhausting but it doesn’t have to be! We can get you to a place where you welcome the hiring opportunities.