Recently, I was talking to a friend of mine who owns 2 small food franchise chains. When we get together, we always like to talk about how our businesses are doing. In short, both of our businesses are doing well, and growing, but she had one big caveat. She couldn’t seem to find employees that are loyal, trust-worthy, and hard-working enough. As a result, she has had to fire many members of her entire staff twice in the last year. This caused her to wonder how to find good employees, especially when they are working for hourly wages. Here are a few ideas on how to find good employees, and I would love to hear your ideas in the comments as well.
Put A Lot Of Time Into Finding The Right People
When it comes to hiring hourly employees, it’s easy to take the first few people who apply and call it good. However, when you do this, you are setting yourself up for failure. Even if you are hiring an hourly employee, you still want to hire the best hourly employee out there. This means you will need to take the time to interview them properly, do a background check, learn about their personality, and see if they really are a good fit. If they are not a good fit, then don’t feel bad about moving on to the next applicant.
Advertise To Reach More Potential Applicants
The larger the pool of applicants you have, the more options you will have to find the perfect fit for your company. This will take some extra work on your end, but it will be worth it to find a dedicated employee. In order to do this, consider hitting up local college job fairs, advertising on platforms like Monster and LinkedIn. If you are hiring locally, then hit up the local newspaper, or community bulletin boards. The more you can get your name out there, the more success you will have.
Make Sure You’re A Good Boss
A working relationship really does go both ways. If you want good employees, then you have to be a good boss. This means sticking your neck out for your employees in more ways than one. Offer your employees time off, benefits, competitive wages, and an opportunity to come talk to you about their business and career goals. The cooler your company is to work for, the better employees you will get. Most people just need a little job security, stability at work, and an opportunity for growth, and they will preform well.
Test Them With Actual Work
Sometimes the best way to see if you have the right candidate is to give them a trial period. This way you don’t invest too much, you set up high expectations, and you can see how they perform. After 90 days or so, you can conduct a review, and see if it is a good fit for both of you.