For small businesses, finding quality talent can sometimes be a struggle. Small businesses have to compete with bigger businesses that can many times offer their perspective employees higher salaries, longer vacation times, fancier tech, or cushier offices.
But, small businesses aren’t always at a disadvantage here. There are several ways your small businesses can stay in the game to recruit top talent.
If you find yourself struggling to recruit and retain qualified employees, check out the following list of tips below to help you change the game!
Recruitment Strategies to Build Your Business and Attract the Best Employees
Your small business is only as good as your employees. You can have the most amazing products, or offer the best services, but if your employees don’t know what they’re doing, your business will fail miserably. We all know that.
But, if you want your employees to be dedicated to your business, you must first show dedication to them. You need to prioritize your employees and your business model above all else if you don’t want to lose out to bigger businesses.
1. Find Your Niche
You can’t be everything to everyone, there’s just not enough hours in the day. And that’s OK!
Instead of spreading yourself too thin, take a step back and invest in defining your niche services and products. Before you can begin recruiting new employees, you need to hone in on the type of skills you need. Once you have a solid grasp on what your small business specifically does, and what sort of customers you best cater to, then you can focus on hiring the best possible employees and talent to help your business model succeed!
Today’s modern workforce has specialized skills that you can take advantage of once you establish your business niche. Your small business will look more appealing to job searchers, and certain resumes will stand out to you more, if your niche market and prospective employees’ skill sets match up.
As an added bonus, narrowing your employee search down will also free up resources you would’ve spent training or educating new, niche employees on processes or technologies they are already well-versed in.
2. Build Likability
It’s easy to work for and stay dedicated to an amazing company. And, it’s easy for great companies to attract top talent to themselves as well, so it’s a win-win all around! If you’re working to recruit and retain qualified employees, you need to give them a reason to stay!
Your employees and co-workers will spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week working in your office, store, or shop. If no one actually likes the environment, policies, business mission, or incentives that are available (or not), no one will stay for very long. And if your employees don’t want to work for your company, you’ll be hard-pressed to retain and attract prospects, customers, or new employees as well.
Several studies over the years have shown that when employees feel appreciated, are given incentives and privileges (like increased vacation time or work from home days), and are encouraged to voice concerns openly, they perform more efficiently.
I’m not saying every work day needs to be like an episode of The Office, but you still should invest in team building exercises to bond your employees, encourage conversation and interaction, and listen to your employees if they have ideas, questions, and comments. Make sure everyone in your business is actively involved and is working toward your small business success.
3. Create Incentives for Your Employees
This point goes along with #2.
Providing incentives to your employees when they close a certain number of sales, get a customer to leave an online review, receive a personal compliment from a customer etc. will help your employees stay motivated to perform at their best while at work.
Providing incentives like cash prizes, promotions, recognitions etc are great ways to let your employees know their hard work is appreciated and are great ways to keep them motivated.
Incentives can help to remind your employees that loyalty to your business pays off. Not only will your employees feel appreciated and excited, but you’ll be molding a dedicated workforce for your brand and company too!
4. Invest in the Longevity of Your Business
Before a prospective customer or a job searcher finalizes their decision to do business with or work for your company, they’ll want to know they’ll be secure.
One of the best ways to recruit and retain qualified employees is to let them know that they can have a career future with your small business. Especially as a small business, you need to have specific, measurable, and documentable campaigns and plans for long-term business growth.
Regardless if your small business is just starting out, or if you’ve been at it for a few years, you need to make sure you’re tracking and documenting everything…and I do mean everything!
Invest in a CRM platform, set up a Google Analytics account to track your website metrics, file detailed documents of your marketing campaigns, and track all your business expenses. The more aware and well-versed you are in every aspect of your business, the better prepared you’ll be to deal with any issues that arise. For your small business or start-up to succeed in the long run, you need to put in a consistent and repeated work now!
You can’t have a successful company if you can’t recruit and retain qualified employees and customers. You need to build your small business as a rewarding and engaging place to work, and for prospects to give their business to.