SHARING THE LOAD WITH CONFIDENCE
Your business is your baby. Not only is it your job, but it’s a realisation of your vision and hard work. It’s almost an extension of you… No wonder you get scared at the thought of putting it in someone else’s hands.
It’s easy to get caught in the trap of doing everything yourself. Yes, you can try to stay in complete control. You can ensure things are done perfectly and to your standards – but at what cost? If you want business growth you need support, and that means trusting others to help you. We’re not telling you to rush into things. In fact, we recommend the opposite. Take your time and follow our guidelines to make sure you’re making the right move for you and your business.
Having the confidence to hand work over is all about knowing you’ve got the right people in place. Don’t leave recruitment to chance. If you’re a stand-alone business owner, employing your first team member is a big step. Equally, if you’ve got a team, picking the wrong candidate for a job can really rock the boat. It’s important to make sure the person you employ not only has the right skills for the job, but has the right attitude too. Don’t rush into employing someone – take your time to find someone you trust will do a good job.
Develop a solid structure:
Great people still need guidance. Once you’ve taken the time to select the right people you don’t want to be let down by your structure. If you want a stress-free workplace it’s important to make sure the right processes are in place, and your employees know how to go about things. You also need to ensure clarity over job roles, particularly if a new recruit causes a re-shuffle. A seamless transition is all about building a structure, managing expectations and ensuring the team is behind you.
Learn how to delegate:
Once you’ve got the employees and the structure in place, you’ve already laid the foundations for successful HR management. Don’t get cold feet once it’s time to pass work on to team members. Whether you choose to go for a full-blown hand over or a gentle shift make sure the workload is manageable. It will take your employees time to get up to speed so don’t get frustrated. Give them a chance to prove themselves. If things are managed correctly it will be a weight off your shoulders, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it earlier.
Help your employees grow:
Employees won’t always understand what needs to be done without being shown. If you’re delegating but aren’t satisfied with the outcome some guidance may be needed. Providing training will help your staff understand how you want things done, and give them the skills to do so. Practical training will always be beneficial, but don’t overlook the benefits of educating them about the business too. Once they understand where their work fits in the big picture of things they’ll be able to help your business move forwards.
Manage risk and forgive:
Even with all the right processes in place mistakes are bound to happen, it’s only natural. Whether it’s a missed deadline or a misunderstanding it’s important to keep your cool. Chances are if an employee’s made a mistake they’re already beating themselves up about it. As an employer it’s all about allowing people to make mistakes, identifying what went wrong, and educating them so it won’t happen again. Holding grudges won’t help anyone, manage the risk and move on.
Whether you’re in the early stages, or have got stuck somewhere along the way, sharing the load will help your business grow. Managing your human resources in the right way is essential, and we understand it can be daunting for a business owner. If you need guidance from the experts we’re happy to take some of the pressure off and help you make the right choices.
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We love working with a variety of businesses and business owners – whether new on your business journey or well established. We are HR experts who love nothing more than helping you get the people stuff right – whether supporting an existing HR team or working on a project by project basis.
Give us a call on: 01243 717693 or message us directly