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Hiring from the heart – Is this good for your business? | discoveryourpowerteam.com

Hiring from the heart – Is this good for your business?

Often when speaking with business owners and solopreneurs, the topic turns to their teams.  This is not surprising given that it is my area of expertise and that I am so passionate about helping people team with individuals who are in their element and who inspire and empower them.

Many entrepreneurs who have been in business for several years have come to the realization that if they want to continue growing their business, they require a team.  While I will address the topic of business growth through teams in a future post, what concerns me is how entrepreneurs go about hiring their staff.

You wouldn’t believe the number of times business owners confide that they have hired their friends, family members, a friend of a friend of a friend who is out of work and needs the money, an acquaintance who is on sick leave and is trying to make ends meet.  I understand that these situations pull at your heart strings. 

Anyone who knows me personally, i.e. close friends and family know that I wear my heart on my sleeve, but as I told one of my mentors recently, in business, I wear long sleeves and make business decisions first with my head, and then run it by my heart. 

Does this mean that you should not hire someone who is in need or that you should not partner with a friend or relative?  That is not at all what I am saying. What I am saying is use logic first. 

When hiring an individual for your team:

  • determine what you want to accomplish and where you need help
  • identify what tasks you want to outsource
  • identify the type of people you work with best
  • identify the requirements: skills, knowledge, experience and personality traits the individual requires
  • recruit the individual who meets or exceeds  those requirements

Getting back to your family member or friend of a friend of a friend, does this individual have the skills, knowledge, experience and personality traits that you require?  Setting aside their relationship to you or to others around you and setting aside their personal situation, ask yourself if they truly are the most qualified candidate.  If so and you feel you could maintain a business relationship with them, go ahead and hire them.  If not, do NOT hire them. 

Never forget that you are running a business.  As a business owner, you must do what is right for you AND your business, even if it causes some ill feelings in your surroundings.  Hiring the wrong person for the job will not only result in their feeling miserable, but it will also mean more work for you, more stress for you and more time spent on working in your business instead of on your business. 

When hiring, you can roll up your sleeves, but don’t forget to put your business owner hat on!

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