Building a successful remodeling business is not solely on you. It’s a team activity. It takes the input of many people, working toward the same goal, to reach high performance.
A sports team is only as good as its weakest player; similarly, a remodeling company is only as good as its weakest employee. This means that top-notch hiring, motivating, and training skills are very important. Every employee is a key employee—even your least-paid worker has considerable impact on your business and its profitability. Put another way, people are your greatest asset.
Many entrepreneurs, especially if they have come from a technical, hands-on position, may have limited experience in working with employees. Sometimes a remodeler says, “I wish I would have gone to college to learn how to hire, train, and motivate more effectively,” but the truth is that no college course prepares an entrepreneur adequately for these tasks. You learn hiring, training, and motivation skills through information gleaned from books, magazines and seminars, the advice of peers, and, of course, experience.
Hiring the Right People Is a Tough . . . and Important Job
As business heats up, so does the demand for new employees. Remodelers everywhere are building up their workforce as lead flow grows. The most successful company owners understand the importance of developing a comprehensive strategy for hiring the best people they can find — superstars.
If you want to hire this level of employee – people who work hard, who bring value to the company, who want to grow into more responsibility — be prepared to invest time and money in developing a hiring strategy that attracts these talented people.
Make a commitment to hire the best people for the job, even if it takes longer to find them.
Here are six steps for hiring successfully:
- Create an accurate, thorough job description.
- Develop an employee handbook.
- Recruit consistently and creatively.
- Qualify candidates carefully.
- Prepare for the interview.
- Interview for both aptitude and attitude.
You can see from the list above that the work you do before you meet a prospective employee is the key to making your hiring system work.
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For specific steps to hiring right, check out [highlight color=”red” style=”style-2″]The Remodeler’s Definitive Guide to Hiring[/highlight], a 24 page guide that will take you step-by-step through the hiring process.
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