Top efficiency requires incredible team work but it can be difficult to find people capable of working closely with other individuals to build those skills together. It’s important to think about team building possibilities when you are hiring new people, as it’s often difficult to fire someone without good reason. An inability to work with others is sometimes a good enough reason to fire someone and sometimes it isn’t. It’s better to hire every new team member with the goal of finding the perfect team in mind so you don’t regret your choices down the line. There are some key concepts and clues to look for when hiring to ensure that you’re choosing someone you can work with instead of having to work against in order to achieve harmony in the workplace.
Every Ego Is Too Big
Be open about the fact that you’re looking for team effort when hiring, and ask potential employees how they felt about group projects when in school and if they can see themselves collaborating with others. No one wants to feel like they’re pulling anyone else’s weight, like we sometimes felt in middle school group projects, but great harmony can be created when everyone is doing their share. Ask potential employees how they would handle group dynamics and how they would approach conflict in a group. It’s important to get a sense of where they would be coming from and make sure they don’t think too highly of themselves when entering into a group environment. Too much ego from any one person can create a chain reaction of ego from other group members that ends in discord and lack of a properly functioning group dynamic. If you see even a hint of ego come through during an interview, think twice about hiring that person. They may have a hard time working with others. If you’re on the fence, speak to their previous employers and ask about the teamwork skills they exhibited at a previous place of employment.
Determining Size And Specification
Building the perfect team for your work environment first requires that you accurately determine what you need. How many people should be in this group and what do they need to know? Is every member of the group doing the same thing or should some members have different specialties in order to produce the most harmony? Will some members be part time or is everyone going to be full time? Keep in mind all these crucial details as you determine what you’ll need to have a group that functions for your business just the way you want. Once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll have a much better idea of who you need to hire and what for. As you hire different people, you’ll be narrowing down what you need from future employees as you go down your list. If certain tasks are time sensitive, start by hiring those people first to get your processes rolling. Once you have a few members of your final group, you can even introduce potential hires to them to see how they get along. Allow your current staff to ask a few questions to potential employees to see how they get along and if they would work well together. You’re narrowing down what you need so it can be very helpful to compare possible hiring choices. When exposed to your current workers, it may be instantly clear who will work well together and help you make difficult choices more easily. Another thing to keep in mind is who will be completing what tasks. It may not be that every employee in the group will be working closely together, but certain members will work together more often than others. In this case it might not matter if two people don’t get along well if they rarely work together. Look at all the factors to continually revaluate what will create the most harmony in your workplace.