You’ve built a successful business. You’ve worked long, hard hours creating relationships with your clients and delivering above and beyond their expectations. You’re a recognized name in your industry. Now the truly hard work begins.
Once you’re established, how do you continue to make your business grow year after year? There are plenty of buzzwords that get thrown around: innovation, leadership, branding, smarketing (yeah, it’s a thing!). But when it comes right down to it, all that stuff is secondary to the people you put in front of your clients every day.
Staffing is a make or break business decision. If you hire the best craftsmen, the hardest workers, and the most professional team you can, the clients will be lining up outside your door. If you don’t, then you might as well get used to waiting for the phone to ring.
So how can you improve your recruitment efforts in 2016? Focus on these key areas to take your recruitment to the next level.
Proper recruitment requires consistent expectations. Make sure you are clear on what you want in each new employee. If you haven’t created detailed job descriptions for every position, now is the time to do so. The more clearly you lay out what you want from a new employee, the easier that person will be for your recruiters to find. And once you set those expectations, make sure to stick with them.
Now that you’ve properly expressed your expectations, you need to make sure your recruitment team is following them. Schedule regular meetings with your recruiters and set clear expectations for every aspect of their roles. And make sure they meet them! Start with perfecting the basics, and then add or refine duties once things are running smoothly.
Know Your Metrics
If you don’t know your historic success rates, you can’t qualify any improvements. Fortunately, your applicant tracking system probably has plenty of useful statistics, but you need to know what those numbers mean, or they won’t help at all. Take some time to go over the information you have available, and make sure your recruitment team completely understands the data. Then focus in on the information that is most relevant to your business’s success.
Ensure the Right Fits
Every person on your team — craftsmen, managers, staff, or recruitment — needs to work successfully together and be solely focused on your company’s mission. The best way to ensure a good fit is to take the time to properly vet employees before they sign a contract. Perform background checks, speak to references, and require drug testing. Whenever possible, set up a tiered interview process that allows multiple members of your leadership team to speak with high-potential candidates.
And when it comes to finding the right craftsmen to put on your job site, don’t take any chances. At Madden Industrial Craftsmen, we thoroughly screen all of our candidates to find the right fit for each of our industrial staffing clients. Contact one of our Staffing Solution Specialists, and we’ll make sure you have the best members on your team.