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10 Ways to Makeover Your Hiring Practices

now hiringYour hiring practices will make or break your Child Care Business. In fact, can remember the first time that I hired a teacher to work in my home daycare back in 1999. I posted an ad at a local grocery store and it turned out to be that she was an excellent assistant. (Luck was definitely on my side, because I had no clue how to interview new employees)

Furthermore, I do not remember having a formal interview with her or hosting an employee orientation back then. However, I must say that it is important that the entire hiring process is conducted in a professional manner.

It took me many years to learn how to effectively hire, train and mentor my new employees and today I want to share with you seven ways to makeover your hiring practices.

  1. Place a professional looking ad online, share your job openings on your website and on your social media page or with a local agency when you have a job opening. Tip: Try Indeed.com, you will receive a $50 credit with your first ad.
  2. Get prepared to interview your potential employees. Schedule a face-to-face interview for no more than 20-30 minutes. Ask questions such as: Tell me about you? Tell me about your experience working with young children? How do you handle difficult behavior? What would your previous employer tell me about you? How do you define Quality Care? Are you able to work anytime during my business hours? That is just a few questions that will help you to hire the best person for your Child Care Business.
  3. When the potential applicant arrives for the interview, pay close attention to his or her character along with his or her attire. Have the applicant to complete an employment application before the interview.
  4. After the interview, let the applicant know that you will contact him or her once you have verified all the information on their application and have reached a decision. ** Never make any promises.
  5.  Interview at least 3 applicants before making a hiring decision. If you rush through a hiring decision, you could hire the wrong person for your Business.
  6. Follow your Gut feeling. If it does not feel right….don’t do it. I have second guessed my self many of times and hired the wrong person, because their credentials looked good, However, my gut feeling was not to hire the individual.
  7. Invite  potential employees to voluntarily teach in your program for 30-minutes to an hour; so that you can observe his or her classroom practices. **This practice has helped me to eliminate hiring teachers that were not the best fit for my program. So….be sure to never leave the applicant alone, have another staff member help you to observe the potential applicant.
  8. Once you have made your decision. Offer the applicant the job along with mentioning the starting salary and including any benefits.
  9. Before the applicants first day, plan an orientation day. On the orientation day, show the new employee around your home or center; discuss personnel policies, issue tax forms, give the employee a copy of your policies and introduce the new employee to staff and parents.
  10. Be sure to let the employee know that the first 90 days of employment is a probationary period and it is vital that you or someone on your team train the new employee. So, it is necessary to have a written training/mentoring plan in place.

To Your Success,

Shiketa

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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:

  1. Tell me about you
  2. Why should I hire you
  3. Are you willing to work flexible hours
  4. What would your previous employer tell me about you
  5. What are your goals
  6. 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,

Shiketa

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