Essential Tips for Hiring Great Employees

Hiring Great Employees for your Franchise business –  A Very Effective way to Create Consistent Results.

All business owners face the ongoing dilemma of hiring and maintaining a staff of effective employees. This problem is especially well known to franchise business owners, who face the consistent requirement of filling a team of intelligent individuals who work well together.

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The task of hiring great employees is, unfortunately, easier said than done. What manager or business owner hasn’t faced the problem of hiring on a new candidate, only to find that they just aren’t “cutting it” despite the extensive experience on their resume, and the excellent references provided? While job applications, background and reference checks all provide keen insight into the nature of the candidate, this ultimately doesn’t provide the valuable data you need to determine how well the employee will work with your team.

Every hiring manager is looking for a common set of traits in their ideal candidate. They want someone who fits in with company culture, can be easily (and quickly) trained in the job at hand, has a great personality, and is reliable. If finding these elusive candidates seems like a chore that will never end, you have came to the right place for advice.

Let us share with you some of the inside tips and tricks for finding great candidates. Read on and we will also let you in on our secret tip for making sure you are screening candidates so effectively, you only have to interview the best.

Hiring Tip #1:

Make your job ad appealing to someone who wants to work for the right employer, and not just any employer. Humanize yourself and your business, and be honest about what you are looking for in an employee. List out the exact qualifications someone must meet in order to be hired, as well as some “nice to haves”. This lets job seekers know you mean business.

Hiring Tip #2:

Make sure you place your ad in places where it will be seen by the best candidates possible. Don’t just post it on your local free bulletin board, use several different sources – even though these may charge fees, it is worth the investment.

Hiring Tip #3:

Let unworthy candidates “de-select” themselves from the hiring process. Why spend time screening and interviewing candidates who were not the right material? For example, at Sunrise Business Advisors, we have perfected what we refer to as the “4-Hour Hiring Process”. This process is designed to gather the best candidates as quickly as possible. For business owners, the old adage “time is money” rings true, and the less time spent wasted on the hiring process the more efficient your business will run.

Contact us for more information on our hiring and candidate de-selection process. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions, and help you determine the best hiring and interview process for your business needs and goals.

Thom Torode is a NJ based Executive & Business Coach. He has owned over 5 different businesses and is currently the Managing Director for Sunrise Business Advisors. Thom’s expertise includes working with those business owners who have plateaued getting them unstuck and back in growth mode. Additionally Thom works with both franchisees and franchisors in helping them develop their leadership. Thom is also Director Consultant with BNI. When not helping business owners and their teams create the business and lives they want and need, he can be found following his kids activities.

Going Lean

July Business Tip: Going Lean

A lean program actively manages operational efficiency, which causes a chain reaction of business benefits. Efficiency promotes safety, saves time, controls costs, and ensures quality. Quality translates into high customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction is directly connected to revenues. Safety is implicit in turnover cost management. And, of course, revenues and cost control are the components of profit margin. So, the operational and financial benefits of implementing lean practices throughout all business units are pervasive, including in administrative offices, sales, forecasting, and others in which lean policies are too often not recognized as applicable. A lean policy extends far beyond dictating periodic clean-outs. It’s a way of doing business—every day. There are multiple excellent models for lean operations. ISO provides guidelines. Universities teach “5S” structures in business courses (sort, systematize, shine, standardize, and sustain). The various versions of lean programs have key principles in common.

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Success by Going Lean

A) Organization

Whether it’s called systematizing or just straightening up, getting organized cannot be overestimated. It really is the first fundamental for a quality operation. Some talented business managers imagine themselves as intellectually exempt from need to operate in an organized environment. Such attitudes fail to inspire confidence of customers, guests, inspectors, supervisors, and subordinates in the professionalism of the organization and have a generally corrosive effect on a positive business atmosphere. Further, until one has functioned in a well-ordered system, he/she cannot meaningfully predict how much improved his/her personal performance would be over time.

B) Controls

Remove obstacles that inhibit the smoothest flow of movement as employees conduct processes, whether in manufacturing production or office processes. Rearrange machinery and furniture that cause unnecessary steps. Archive unused paper files. Eliminate or reorganize electronic files that cause employees to search drives excessively. Implement inventory control methods so that new stock is purchased only when the supply level of a particular item drops to a specified level. Revise workflow processes to cut unnecessary peripheral distractions or tasks. Arrange schedules so that work of like-types or along the same routes is performed by the same employee, where practical. Reducing minutes and seconds wasted by all employees daily adds up to a staggering amount of time savings that can be used to increase productivity.

C) Maintenance

Establish self-monitoring systems. Hold all employees accountable for maintaining their piece of the lean program. Support this policy with routine assessments by management. Inspections may seem extreme to employees who are unfamiliar with lean systems. However, when a lean program is structured under a simple ABC structure, as above, most employees can be successfully helped to understand the necessity of managing operational efficiency and will grow to appreciate the significance of the professional benefits of working in a lean environment.

Think about how these processes can make an impact on your organization going lean.  When you ready to learn how to implement these strategies in your business contact us for your Business Assessment Review.

Thom Torode is a NJ based Executive & Business Coach.

He has owned over 5 different businesses and is currently the Managing Director for Sunrise Business Advisors. Thom’s expertise includes working with those business owners who have getting them unstuck and back in growth mode. Additionally Thom works with both franchisees and franchisors in helping them develop their leadership. Thom is also Director Consultant with BNI. When not helping business owners and their teams create the business and lives they want and need, he can be found following his kids activities.