Picture this. 

It's Friday morning. You get to work and a client has emailed you overnight with a list of demands that needed to be completed "yesterday". But your team is overworked and there's no one with the capacity to take on the extra load.  So what do you do? 

You call me. Obviously, I can help. Building teams is what I do, it's my bread and butter. But when I ask you when you want this person to start, your answer is "yesterday"

                                                Cue the big red flag. 

This means you want to find someone, go through at least 2 rounds of interviews, make an offer, have the candidate work out a notice period (probably a minimum of 1 calendar month) all within the next few hours?

Sure, at a push, we can make it happen. BUT, what happens when your client's task list is complete, and you're now paying an extra salary for an employee who has nothing to do. I've seen this happen.  

Or better yet, you interview 10 candidates in a day, and while you were busy making coffee and asking people what their strengths are, one of the "self-starters" on your team managed to carve out some extra time in their schedule to get the job done without you even realizing. 

What I'm really getting at, plan and build your team before you need it!

I promise this is a hell-of-a-lot- easier than it sounds. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Check-in with your team regularly to see what their capacity is like. Are they struggling to keep up? 
  • When you pitch for accounts, have an idea who on your team will be on this new account, and find out what support they would need before winning the pitch
  • If you do bring on someone new to complete all the urgent tasks, think about what they are going to do, and what value they will bring to your team once you've ticked all the boxes on your to-do list.
  • Plan the growth of your team, set the team goals and check-in with these goals and growth REGULARLY. Seems easy enough right. When last did you do this?
  • A word from someone in the know - if your team is drowning in work, but you don't want to hire someone to assist and take pressure off of them, you will most likely lose that employee, and have to spend more time, effort and money having to replace them. 
  • Probably the simplest and easiest step you can take is to get in touch with me or someone on our team. Not only are we headhunters/recruiters, we are consultants. We can give you some industry insight and perhaps a bit more advice on building your team specific to your industry and product offerings.

For more advice or to build your team the right way, get hold of me at catkinson@welovesalt.com