On Thursday I did something for the first time.
I hired someone!
Weird really when you think I have worked in HR for 25 years.
But what I did yesterday was take the big and exciting step of hiring someone to work for me in my company. Over the years I have probably hired thousands of people. But never into my OWN business.
I started it 5 years ago but until now have worked with associates. So very flexible, and it’s a model that can work for some.
Hiring someone has been part of a determined decision and a very thought through plan to grow from a busy consultant to a business. Our first employee is someone who will focus on Business Development. We already have our second and third lined up – someone to manage Operations and someone to lead HR consultancy.
It hasn’t been easy to find the right person. In the end we used an agency. I think that can really help when you are small and no-one knows much about you. Having someone else to tell a story about you and your vision. We did try our own campaigns but we have also recently changed our name.
So I’d recommend that.
We did a 2 stage process. The very talented individual we hired met me first 1-2-1. She admitted that she wasn’t keen initially (our location) until she came in and saw our offices. Small but perfectly formed. Light, bright and colourful. But also hearing our story, my vision and plans.
A week later she returned to do a presentation about how she’d approach the job. We had also profiled her personality. This is critical in my opinion.
On the wall beside my desk I have a map of the personalities of everyone that works in or closely with my business. I know how people like to work and what they are good at. And how they like to be managed. This means I can build a balanced team which is so critical in a small business.
I’m lucky that compared to the average SME I have at my finger tips everything one needs to hire someone. Not just the paperwork but the insight about the importance of induction and clear expectations and goals.
Getting the HR side of things right is an important factor for any small business. I was privileged to get involved with nothonthehighstreet.com in its earlier days which is now a very successful business that everyone has heard of it. They wrote a second book last year called “Shape up your Business in 30days” which is a very useful guide for any business owner. We advised on the HR side of things and the section on personality is very interesting. I highly recommend you invest in a copy.