Ready to create a stronger team? When hiring, don’t forget to set goals, look for cultural fits, and be clear about expectations.Key takeaways:
- The people that make up your team matter—you need employees who are aligned around the business’s mission, so they stay engaged, collaborative, and productive
- Hiring the right team requires establishing a solid purpose and creating a thorough hiring strategy
- Establish your purpose
- Create goals
- Craft a better hiring strategy
- Hire cultural fits
- Be clear about what you want
Why you need a strong teamEmployees are a company’s most valuable asset. They keep operations running. They are the face of the business when interacting with customers and third parties. They are the company’s lifeblood, which couldn’t function without them. But a strong team requires that people are aligned, engaged, and collaborative. For example, suppose an employee doesn’t align well with the business’s mission. In that case, they’ll feel disconnected from their job and perhaps even isolated, which leads to poor productivity and low job satisfaction. In addition, hiring employees who don’t have the suitable skill set or interest for their role will eventually lead to those same adverse outcomes. On the other hand, when people are aligned with one another, excited about their work, and engaged with the business’s mission, they are happier and more productive. And those positive experiences ensure that the company continues to improve and grow.
Five Tips to Hire the Perfect TeamYou know what the ideal scenario looks like for your team. But how do you hire the right people? Start with these five expert tips:
1. Establish the business’s purposeGet serious about vision. First, it’s hard to do much of anything successfully if your business’s purpose isn’t clearly defined. What is it that you do, and why do you do it? Who do you do it for? Think about the core values that drive the business and what makes you unique from your competitors. Once you understand the company’s values and purpose, they should be part of everything the business does, both internally and externally. This means knowing how to hire people who fit that purpose and ensuring the team operates according to that vision.
2. Create goalsSetting goals is always helpful, even if you know the kind of team you want to create. These goals should be clear, realistic, and actionable. Consider questions like:
- How many people do you need on your team?
- What is your hiring and recruiting budget?
- What is missing from your current team?
- What mistakes have you made with hiring in the past?
- What is your most important desired outcome?
- What metrics will tell you you’ve met your goals?