Often small business owners worry about when they should be hiring more employees. Some business owners feel that they should hire an entire work staff in the early days of their startup. But when you have started something new, you need to start with a minimal team so that you can get things done to scale.
Did you know that new data has been released by Checkr on fair chance hiring? Start paying attention to things like this if you are planning on expanding your current team and hiring more people. Some people feel more comfortable waiting until their businesses have started to expand or experience some initial success before they start making crucial hiring decisions.
However, if you are now at that point in your career, then here are three signs it may be time to hire some additional employees and stop waiting around.
1. You are wasting time
What do the non essential tasks look like in your business? Are you consistently ending your work day with plenty of unfinished tasks and paperwork as high as a skyscraper? If so, then you are not alone. If you are bogged down by administrative duties, you might think that that’s just part and parcel of being a business owner, but it’s not actually the case.
You need additional people to help you to tackle those non essential tasks such as paying the bills and answering the phones so that you can spend your time on longer term growth strategies.
2. Your customers are suffering as a result.
If you’ve noticed a spike in your customer service complaints, then it might be a time for you to hire people to handle them. When you have an insufficient workforce, you’ll find that people are more stressed with the results of what you are giving them compared to if you have more staff to answer their queries.
You cannot afford to alienate your existing customers, and you really can’t afford to neglect any potential new ones. You shouldn’t be allowing your customers to fall through the cracks.
3. Your current staff are just not coping.
You need to make sure that the people that you currently have in their roles are able to cope with the job at hand. If you are looking for a reason to hire more people, it’s to consider your staff, current workload and what they need.your current team may be very stressed in their roles and you shouldn’t ignore red flags like that because that can tell you whether people are ready to give up.
They deserve better and you deserve a rested workforce who are ready to get going on what you need them to do.
If you want to have a business that doesn’t stagnate, then you need to hire more people to make it happen. Understanding what people need is important, but understanding what your business is going to be able to cope with is even more important than that.