For many years I had a very strategic hiring system in place. That system included the following steps:
I required the applicant to apply online
An onsite interview was scheduled
A classroom observation is required
After the classroom observation, I would talk with the staff member that was in charge of observing the applicant
We contacted the former employer to check the applicants track record
Then I would gather all the information that we had and made a hiring decision
Once we hire the employee, we hold an onsite orientation which included completing all personnel forms, introduces the new employee to the team and giving the employee a tour of the facility.
This entire week I have been busy doing telephone and Zoom interviews. One thing that I discovered is this: I absolutely love doing Zoom interviews. In fact, I can see the applicant as if we were in the same room and I can also feel the applicant’s energy via zoom.
Furthermore, after doing multiple Zoom interviews this week, I was able to weed out some applicants and select the best candidates for the center.
Also, I recently decided to create a new virtual orientation video to provide the new employees with a on demand orientation that saves us time and energy. I must say that the potential applicants loved the convenience of watching a video from home.
So, with all the above in mind, I must say that my old system was no longer working and I have been inspired to go to a more virtual hiring process. After all, it can be exhausting doing all those face-to-face interviews, the applicant can save gas money and you can save lots of time with a virtual hiring process.
How is your hiring process? Do you prefer face to face interviews? Do you love to do zoom interviews? Do you have an orientation process? Have I inspired you to make any changes?
At the beginning of each business year, I host a staff development meeting. The objective of the meeting is to inspire my staff to grow and think like professionals.
In my 21 years in this field, I have found that the more that I learn, the more that I would grow as a business owner.
Moreover, I found that as my team grew, it only helped the Business Succeed.
When I opened my home daycare, I had no college or childcare education. In fact, I only had a medical assistant certificate.
However, when I went back to school and majored in early childhood, I was inspired to grow my business. So as you can see, as you increase your knowledge, you expand your capacity for growth.
Today I want to share some ideas with you that will inspire you and your team to grow as early childhood professionals:
Subscribe to the Child Care Exchange Magazine. Its a great way to gain access to leadership resources and child development articles. Visit http://www.childcareexchange.com to sign up for their amazing enewsletter.
Make over your lesson plans by subscribing to the Mailbox. The mailbox is loaded with a wealth of theme related activities and forms. Visit http://www.themailbox.com.
Become a member of Naeyc. Naeyc is a great place to stay up to date on early childhood news and they have great child care magazines as well along with their annual Naeyc Conference. Visit their site today http://www.naeyc.org.
Focus on growing as a business leader in 2020. My mentor John Maxwell said: Change the Leader, change the Business. Subscribe to John Maxwell leadership emails at http://www.johnmaxwell.com. (Be sure to check out his wonderful leadership books).
Meet with a Business Coach on a monthly basis. A Business coach will hold you accountable for attaining your business goals and inspire you to go to another level. Also, I believe that you should pick a coach that’s been on the journey where you want to go. For coaching options, visit my coaching page and I look forward to coaching you in 2020! click here
Its time to get busy on your professional development plan for 2020, because growth is waiting for you!!