Should You Hire an Employee?
As a business owner with a growing company, it may always seem like you need an extra set of hands, but are you really ready to hire an employee? Inc.com gives 5 points to consider when you’re thinking of adding an employee.
Can you write a full job description? The process of writing a job description will give you a feel for what a 40-hour workweek would look like for an employee. Is there enough work for eight hours, Monday through Friday? Or, would you be paying someone to essentially occupy a desk, waiting for assignments?
Are you turning work down? At some point, you’ll find that you’ve reached full capacity, which means you can’t take on new clients. You may need to expand your crew to handle work while you’re overseeing everything.
Will a new employee generate money? An annual salary is a huge commitment, taking thousands each month out of your business’s earnings. When considering hiring someone, think about how much revenue a skilled person could bring in. A salesperson, for instance, may be able to follow up on leads and close deals that you’ve let fall through the cracks. This would make the investment well worth it.
Do you need specialized skills? Do you need a full-time employee, or just to outsource special projects on an as-needed basis? Be sure to know who needs to be classified as an employee and when you can use an independent contractor. Doing so can save you from shelling out a full-time salary and benefits.
Are you losing clients? If you are overextending yourself and not taking the time to handle client concerns, you could find yourself losing them left and right. While new clients are great, it’s much cheaper to keep an existing client than to add a new one. Although adding an employee is a big commitment, failing to do so can hurt your growing business.
3 Ways to Deal With Difficult People
1. Hear them. Step back and really hear what they’re saying, and then ask them, “Here’s what I heard you say. Is this what you meant?” Once they know that they’ve been heard, could it be that they may shift their behavior?
2. Do the Uncommon thing. Let them know that you care. Empathize with them. Let them know, “I understand where you’re coming from.” That doesn’t necessarily mean you agree with them, but to be there in that moment says to them, no one else has taken the time to go above and beyond—but you do, because you are uncommon.
3. Guide them. Sometimes difficult people can project what is happening to them on you. If you don’t guide a person in how they should treat you, they will mistreat you. Really understanding how to guide a person in how they talk to you, how they engage with you, ensures that in a very difficult situation, you can remain respectful and honorable, but not allow them to use you. Source: Success Magazine