Picking Good People…The Test of Your Leadership
Picking good people for your business can sometimes seem like a treasure hunt and it is a test of your leadership. Inf act, this has been the area of operating a childcare business that has tested my leadership on may occasions.
During the interview process the applicant appears to be positive, he or she will say all the right things and wear the right clothes. However, the test begins on the first day of employment.
One thing that I have learned with selecting employees, is the simple fact that people do not reveal their true self until after they have been hired. Today I want to share with you some tips on how to pick good people for your child care business.
Selecting a Good Employee For Your Child Care Business
Schedule an interview with potential applicants during a time when the kids are gone are sleeping. Ask the following questions:
- Tell me about you
- Why should I hire you
- Are you willing to work flexible hours
- What would your previous employer tell me about you
- What are your goals
- What would a day be like in your class
Asking the questions above, will help you to determine if you want this person working in your childcare business or not. Be sure to contact the applicant’s previous employer, to verify employment dates and ask the following question, “Would you rehire this person.” If they say “No”, then I think you can make an educated decision and decide if this person is right for your business.
What happens if you discover that this person is not right for your business
Another Lesson that I have learned in this business is; “Be fast to fire and slow to hire.” If you notice behavior that you do not like, address it immediately and discuss a plan of correction. If the employee continues to repeat the behavior, do not hesitate to terminate employment.
Employees are very observant and if they notice that you will allow them to slack in the beginning, they will continue that behavior throughout their employment in your business.
If you keep the wrong person on your team, it will cause you more headaches than you ever thought you could have. The wrong person= wrong results.
Here are some traits of the wrong person: gossip starter, negative about your business, does not honor your request, slacks in performance along with many other negative attributes.
There is no perfect employee, however, you would know when an employee is right for your business, because you will see good results and you would be so glad that you made the decision to hire the employee.
Moreover, picking the right people will make your job easier and they will be an extension of you and represent your business well!
Bob Biehl says that 60-80% of the success of any company is in these 3 factors:
- Clear direction
- “The Right people”
- Sound finances
Happy Employee Selection,
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