The concept that ‘timing is everything’ can be debilitating. Hanging too tightly to this theory can leave you second-guessing yourself or waiting too long to make a decision.
Many employers find themselves in this position when it comes to adding to staff: Should I immediately replace a worker who has left the company? Should I increase the size of our team now or wait a few more months? Do I even have time to recruit and hire a new team member?
Signs It’s Time to Hire
Is there really a ‘right’ time to hire? While there isn’t a formula to answer that question, there are signs that can help you make a decision. As you calculate the cost-benefit ratio of adding a new employee, also look for the following signs that the time to hire might be now:
- Top performers can’t keep up. People who always delivered ahead of schedule are now missing deadlines.
- Overtime has become the norm. You can’t remember the last time that your staff worked a standard 40-hour week.
- Mistakes are all too common. In a rush to get a lot accomplished in a small amount of time, your staff are making more errors than usual.
- New business gives you anxiety. Instead of being excited about a new project, you are concerned about fitting it into your already tight schedule.
- Opportunities are missed. You have to turn away new customers because you can’t meet their deadlines.
Before You Decide to Hire
If you found yourself nodding at any of the above signs, it’s time to actively discuss hiring help:
Schedule a meeting with your managers/team.
Ask about improvements that could be made to improve efficiency – changes that could potentially affect the need to hire. Perhaps a process can be streamlined or eliminated. Also check to see if you and your team are on the same page about hiring. Get their opinion on the type of positions needed and who would be a good fit.
Consider promoting from within.
Look within your department and other departments in your organization for an opportunity to transfer or promote an employee. Check with part-time or seasonal staff to see if there is an interest in increasing their hours.
Don’t limit yourself to full-time employees.
If you are concerned about hiring full-time staff, temporary help may be your answer. It will provide the people you need to get the job done without the commitment to keep them long term. More and more employers across all industries are turning to contract workers. According to Atterro’s annual employer survey, 48.3 percent of respondents plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2017.
Take action quickly.
Once you determine it’s time to hire, start the search immediately. It can take months to find the right person for the job. If you rush the hiring process, you may end up with a dud. Wait too long to hire and you’ll upset your existing staff and possibly miss out on a top candidate. Create a plan and timeline upfront.
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