Turnover is a constant source of stress in most companies. In order to improve teamwork in the workplace, you need to find a way to limit the “revolving door” aspect of hiring, and keep your employees happy, engaged, and focused on the greater good.
When employees work together for long periods of time, they become like a family and are more capable of surviving whatever may come their way. Think about bands that have been together since the beginning: Aerosmith, U2, and Fall Out Boy – they may have their difficulties, they may have their arguments, but when it comes down to it, they do what is best for the band. They have a vision and they follow it.
Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that if everyone is committed to doing what’s best for the band, and has the vision clearly fixed in their minds, you will be in a much better position to deal with any difficulties that come your way.
When you hire the right employees, train your team well, reward them often, and only fire when absolutely necessary, you create a cohesive unit that will stick together through thick and thin, and ultimately create and maintain a successful company.
Posting a job opening can be an exciting time for your department. You have the opportunity to bring in an amazing employee who will gel with your other employees and take your team to the next level. But then the resumes start pouring in and you are up to your ears in potential hires. It’s like you hung a sign in a coffee shop saying “Guitarist wanted.”
There are things you can do to cut down on the overwhelm of hiring a new employee, and find the right fit for your culture.
- Know your culture. You must know what your company is about and what drives your culture before you can find someone that matches it.
- Know what position you need filled and what kind of person would be good for it. If you don’t clearly understand your ideal employee, you can’t hire them.
- Write clear job descriptions to limit the number of applicants who don’t qualify.
- Pay attention to personality as much as qualifications and experience. They may be amazing at what they do, but if they don’t fit in with your team, they won’t last long. Doing a group interview may be helpful to see if they complement your existing employees.
- Follow your gut. When it comes to hiring, the most “qualified” applicant may make you feel queasy. It’s okay to listen to your instincts and choose the one you believe will fit the best.
If you don’t train your employees properly in the beginning, they will be frustrated and unsuccessful, and it will create a rift with other employees on your team who are stuck picking up the slack. You wouldn’t ask your drummer to play the guitar when the guitarist isn’t hitting the right notes.
In order to train your employees properly, you must:
- Identify what duties they have and what skills they need to carry out those duties.
- Provide a mixture of classroom, online, and hands-on training.
- Assign them a mentor to show them how to do their job and how to assimilate into the company culture.
- Provide outside training and motivation from professional speakers and trainers who can offer a new perspective.
Employees that feel respected and appreciated will stick around much longer than someone whose only motivation is their paycheck.
Offer rewards for hitting sales goals, recognition for a job well done, and show appreciation for teamwork. This supports a culture of working together rather than stepping on one another to succeed.
When you fire a band member, even if you replace him quickly, there is an adjustment period. They need to learn the music, and even more importantly, they need to establish rapport with the other band mates.
Hiring and firing employees is no different. It will take them weeks (if not months) to get up to speed on their duties and the company itself, and there will be an awkward period of adapting to the rhythm of your team.
Sometimes, firing an employee is necessary. However, there are times where they can be moved to another position and repurposed. If this is possible, you may just find that they are the perfect employee.
Creating a winning team is about finding people who will work towards the same goal. When you hire the right musicians for your band, train them well, reward them consistently, and replace them as infrequently as possible, your team will create rock star results for your company.
“We don’t fight, but we all have strong personalities. But in the end, we want the same thing. You know, we’re very competitive: We want to be on the radio, have big singles. We don’t want to be thought of as a veteran band.” — Larry Mullen Jr. (U2)
Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars.