How to find the right people for your team
People are different, isn’t that the truth?
Apart from coming in all shapes and sizes, each and every one of us has a different perspective and personality. We’re each a unique combination of our life experience, our choices and all the things we love and hate to do. There are things that each of us yearns to do and things we would run a mile from given the chance.
Take me, I LOVE a good spreadsheet. Many people find this weird, but I really do – the structure and organisation really pleases me. Give me a spreadsheet to geek out on and I’m a happy bunny.
On the other hand, I’m very bad at casual chit chat. I find conversations without a clear purpose a real challenge. They drain my energy, leaving me feeling trapped and frustrated. When I understand what the context is, I love meeting new people but meandering conversations with no focus don’t work for me.
Some people are quite the opposite. I know many people who wouldn’t go near a spreadsheet if you paid them and plenty who are happy to explore a topic, chat with new people and see what happens. Some have a fear of blank pages – if you were to ask them to take some time to come up with an idea based on a vague idea they would go into panic, and they’d look for ways to escape the task. Others like nothing better than creating something from nothing, free to take the task in whichever direction they choose.
Intellectually we all know that each of us is different but because we all see the world through our own unique set of metaphorical spectacles we can’t really understand what it’s like to be anything other than ourselves.
Learning what you really love can make a huge difference, knowing exactly what gives you energy as opposed to the things that drain you can help you focus on tasks that you can excel at and where you deliver real value.
When an employer looks to recruit, they often focus solely on the job rather than person they are looking for. Even if they are thinking of the type of person, they’ll usually be considering experience and skillset, rather than anything more fundamental.
Imagine how great it would be if you could break down each job into key areas that a person could really identify with. Imagine if you could match people to tasks based on how they’re wired and where they get their energy from, rather than simply what they may have done previously.
In simplistic terms we can think of people falling into four key types – those who love to be creative, the ones who love to build relationships, the task driven people who like to get things done and those who enjoy nothing more than following a process and working in a structured way.
In reality, everyone is a unique blend of these four types, but once you understand them and how they can overlap you can write a job description that resonates with the perfect individual. This will not only speed up the recruitment process but you’ll gain an employee who loves their job. This will result in higher retention rates and higher productivity, which is where the real ROI is when it comes to the people in your business.
Often, we forget that our employees are our biggest asset. They form a major part of our brand and how we’re seen by our customers. If you’ve made multiple bad recruits and are fed up with the strain it takes on you and your business, maybe it’s time to change your approach.
As you probably know, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
At REAL Business Builders, we help you to identify WHO you need, WHY you need them, WHAT you need to do and HOW to go about it. The support, training and tools we provide will catapult your recruitment process into a fast, effective and successful one.
If you’d like help with finding the right people and building a great team around you, please get in touch.
Lisa Zevi – Co-Founder of REAL Business Builders