One of the most daunting challenges as a business owner is building the right team around you. After all, it has been said that your employees are your best asset. (And whoever said that was smart).
It's about getting the right blend of people, all of whom bring something different to the table and play a specific role in making the business run smoothly. We've all worked with some great teams over the years, both as employees and employers, and these are the types of employee that have made the right impression; the ones you should look for when recruiting.
1. The all-rounder
Difficult to find, but invaluable when you do manage to get one of your team. The all-rounder can turn their hand to almost anything from meeting clients to training new team members and coming up with ideas. Both creative and strategic, they really come into their own when you're up against a tight deadline and need all hands on deck.
2. The future leader
You can't be everywhere and do everything, so having someone ambitious who can step up when you're not around is invaluable. If they're keen to progress, chances are they'll be motivated and willing to work hard to get to where they want to be.
3. The positive influence
Wherever you work, there are times when the atmosphere in the office takes a turn for the worse and people are stressed out and unmotivated, which is why it's important to have someone who's good at keeping everyone smiling. This definitely isn't a "yes man" who stands up and shouts about how great the company is at every opportunity - we all know how irritating that can be. Instead, this is a real positive influence: someone who keeps a smile on their face helps out their co-workers when needed and is naturally enthusiastic about their role, which is hopefully infectious.
4. The challenger
Not always the easiest employee to manage, the challenger helps your business be better by questioning the status quo and making you think about new ways to work. The best way to get the most out of them is to challenge them right back by asking how they’d do things and what improvements they’d make. Pushing each other to be the best you both can be will force you both to grow, create a strong working dynamic, and create a huge forward momentum for your company.
5. The industry veteran
Whatever industry you're working in, there's real value in having someone who has been part of it for years and knows it in and out. You'll really benefit from their experience and knowledge - they'll have seen trends come and go and know what works and what doesn't. And they are invaluable in passing on their knowledge to the next generation of workers.
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