Steps to Expanding your Team as you Grow Your Business.

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If you are getting to the point in your business where the numbers are there, and they simply can’t be denied, then it could be the time for you to hire more employees for your team. In fact, it turns out that growing your small business is going to be something that is on the cards for many businesses. But just as growth is exciting, it does also come with some risks, which is especially true when it comes to hiring and adding more heads to the team. 

ContractThe reason being is that many small businesses are likely to not have a dedicated human resources department or even an individual with expertise in that area. So it can mean that the already busy team are going to have to pitch in when it comes to contracts, recruitment, and hiring.

This can mean that people are having to work longer hours to get all the things done that they need to, or can even mean that some jobs take a back seat until all that you need to do is done. So with all of that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can keep your business on track as you grow and make the team bigger.

Take Stock of your Process and People

Before you do something to make any changes, in particular, it is a good idea to do a bit of an audit on how things are running as-is. Are the team working as efficiently as possible, and are they working in the role that will really suit them best? How are your business processes running too? Could they be improved and the best practice changed?

This is good to do beforehand, simply because when you add more workers in the hiring process, and things haven’t been improved before they start, then it can mean things can be slowed down, doing more harm than good. You don’t want to repeat past mistakes or problems, so in order to do that, make sure that you look for the root of the problem, otherwise, the same things will keep happening.

So before you go on a big recruiting spree, take a good look at what you are doing already and what should be improved. Think about and understand just how much the workflow will be enhanced by adding more people into the fold. 

Determine Your Biggest Need

The second step is to take some time to figure out the type of new role that will have the biggest impact on your business. Would more salespeople be what you need, or really, would an all-rounder or admin assistant be enough at this stage?

Then you need to think about their roles and if they need to be full-time or part-time. Depending on your business and who you already have, there might not be a simple answer, especially if you have a seasonal business. 

Be Equipped for More

Looking to hire more people can be all well and good but have you logistically got things in place that will make this smooth and simple? Have you got enough space in the office, for example? If not, then will you be implementing working from home as a compulsory thing a few days a week?

Something like this would need to be decided before you put the job adverts out, as well as having the equipment in place to help, such as enough laptops for people to use from home. It can be a good idea to find out all you need to know about MDM (mobile device management) if this is what you are wanting to look into.

Then you can make sure that your team are all working on the remote network and can do it all with ease. So this, and a few other considerations should be planned and thought about before you even put the jobs adverts out.

Outsource

If you have quite a small business and it runs like a tight ship at the moment, then taking time out for recruitment for a member of the team could be quite hard work and make a big dent in the business.

If this is the case, then it could be worth looking to outsource to someone like a recruitment agency to do the work for you. Of course, there are fees involved with this kind of thing. So do the math, and work out if this will be a better course, rather than giving up the time of someone who is already busy, and who perhaps lacks the expertise.

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