How today’s businesses hire has changed over time. Today, recruiters are spending significant resources finding qualified staff and often luring them away from their current employers.
Once you find the right team member, it is time to keep them. Strong teams are a key to employee retention.
If your goal is to build a team, read on to learn 5 key tips to help you in the process.
1. Hire & Onboard Carefully
It costs, on average, $4,000 to hire a new employee. Those include the cost to post job openings, as well as the administrative cost to onboard.
A strong team plays a key role in creating your workplace culture, and it starts the moment you bring on new staff. Bring current team members into the hiring and onboarding processes. While it may increase hiring costs, engaging current team members in the hiring and onboarding process builds stronger teams.
Engaging current employees in the hiring and onboarding process shows you have confidence in their abilities and trust their skills. Current team members will become more empowered through this process.
2. Know Your Team Members’ Goals
Everyone comes into a position with a set of long-term and short-term goals. While goal setting for your company may be commonplace, it is often overlooked when it comes to individual employees.
Knowing team members’ goals can help you place them on projects where they will work harder to achieve your goals because they mirror their own.
3. Recognize Their Effort, Publically and Privately
Everyone loves to know that their effort has an impact. Consider quarterly team-building events where you publicly recognize the efforts of your team. Between events, don’t forget to acknowledge hard work privately.
4. Stop Behavior That Doesn’t Fit in Your Workplace Culture
Bad apples spoil the bunch. The same is true in the workplace. If individuals are behaving counter to your culture, then you need to address it quickly. The longer you let negative or noxious behavior in the workplace, the bigger, negative impact it will have on your team.
In some cases, a simple discussion with the offending individual is enough to change their behavior. Is their behavior a result of dissatisfaction? Listen with an open mind, and be sure to set clear expectations. At the end of the day, personal accountability to behaviors is key to keeping your teams healthy.
5. Open Communication and Different Viewpoints are Good
Open lines of communication help to improve workplace effectiveness. Misunderstandings can derail evening strong teams. Be sure to support different perspectives; they can often lead to new, outside-of-the-box thinking. With strong communication, a difference of opinions doesn’t have to be negative but a strength.
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