Can you believe we’re already in August and more than halfway through 2018? Though you may be getting a little break or taking a fabulous vacation now, but just because it’s summer doesn’t mean business stops. In fact, Brigade Bookkeeping is hard at work keeping our clients books in order, so they can go have fun and not worry about the numbers.
Last week, we took a break from our basic bookkeeping checklist to share our good news that Florida Trend Magazine named Brigade Bookkeeping among the Top 10 Small Companies to work for in Florida. We’re thrilled with the honor, which shows just how much we love what we do and who helps us do that, our fantastic team!
Without my team, I couldn’t juggle all of my clients, run my own business and share my thoughts with you. My team is the best, and I’m always looking for top talent to help our clients. Here are a few of my experiences and ideas for building a great team:
HIRE RIGHT FROM THE START
- Hiring the right person means doing a lot of research and interviews with your potential candidate. Do you need a professional with years of experience or are you looking for someone who may be young and a fast learner? Does that person have the ability to do the job? Do they believe in your same work philosophy? Sometimes overlooking one quality over another is a must, but making sure the person is a right fit from the start is the best way to retain a top prospect and keep them happy on the job.
A TEAM PLAYER
- Besides making sure someone has the right qualifications, it’s important to thoroughly interview a candidate to make sure he or she is going to be an asset on your team. Does your candidate believe in the team approach or is he or she a loner? Hiring someone with the same mindset and goals is a great idea and a strong precursor of a great future employee.
- Hiring a recruiting company is a good idea. But if you want to have the best team, then make sure you are involved in the hiring when it comes to your top executives or key employees. I find hiring the best people, with the best qualifications, usually results in increased work productivity and employee retention.
- If you are looking for a certain talent, but haven’t found it, don’t give up. You shouldn’t choose second best in talents and qualifications because you need to fill a position. I always like to have the best on my team, so at Brigade Bookkeeping, we don’t compromise on that. In the past, even if I didn’t have a position open when I meet a talented individual, I kept track of them in case I needed someone in the future.
So hopefully in the second half of the year, business growth will lead you to need a few new staff members. Follow my advice to hire and retain the best employees. If you want to talk further about hiring and retention strategies, email or call anytime.