The Importance of People
I had the opportunity recently to hire several salespeople. One of our new hires made the comment that they felt like they had moved into a neighborhood where they fit in and felt right at home. This was quite a compliment the more I thought about it.
I never considered a company a neighborhood, but it made a lot of sense. We all want our employees to feel at home, especially new employees when they come to work. We all want to welcome new neighbors who will also improve the neighborhood.
In this case, we were fortunate to hire veterans who fit in. I have never learned more about the impact the right people can have on a business than I have over the last month. When the right people move in, the whole neighborhood benefits.
They fix up the property and bring new energy to all. They also motivate the rest of the neighborhood to upgrade their property. In this case, it motivates the whole team to up their game. Everyone feels successful when a team is brought together and relies on each other for success.
Whether you are hiring entry-level or industry veterans, they must fit in with your corporate culture. We previously believed in hiring for character and training for success. Finding responsible, reliable candidates should be the first goal.
You should be able to train them to be a successful part of your team. The real challenge starts when you make your hiring decision. You must have a detailed job description and training plan to give your new hire the best chance to succeed. It’s just as important to make them feel at home as this will be an important part of the team’s success.