Scaling Into A Team
Scaling a team can be tricky business. If your business’ revenue has recently increased, you may be considering adding a few (or a few more) employees to your roster. This is a process called ‘scaling your team,’ and while it might be the right thing to do, it’s not always the easy thing to do. Believe it or not, adding members to your staff roster doesn’t actually lighten your load—at least not right away.
More employees do not equal less work. Quite the opposite, in fact. Once you add to your team, you have to work through onboarding, training, and leading these fresh faces.
Moreover, growing your team can be expensive. Hiring new staff requires a significant financial investment, and it’s more than just their wage. The cost of hiring includes the time it takes to recruit, interview, and bring a new employee into the fold. Then you’ll need to train them properly, and it might take a while before they reach maximum productivity. However, it doesn’t always have to be an uphill battle.
Map Out Your Process
Before you start to recruit, take the time to map out the process. Planning will save you time and grief in the long term, even if it pushes back your plans a little. Having up-to-date job descriptions, training guides, FAQ documents, training handbooks, and project management tools ready to go is vital for successful onboarding.
Scaling your team can also lead to growing pains for your business. While it may be somewhat difficult or uncomfortable, it doesn’t have to completely derail your attempts to bring in new employees. Doing it right is critical because the cost of hiring badly is just not worth it.
Get Expert Help
If you know you need to grow, but unsure how to proceed, you don’t have to do it alone! Consider hiring an operations specialist to guide you. Having someone who can help you establish company culture, get the right people in the right positions, and coach team members is one of the best investments you can make as an entrepreneur.
Don’t feel intimidated by the notion of scaling your team. It’s all part of growth, and with the right tools, you’re bound to get the job done right.