Creating a great work environment doesn’t happen overnight, but making the office a place where employees don’t dread coming on Monday morning means overcoming certain roadblocks Nancy Mobley at Inc. has seen time and again.
It’s hard to make changes without first taking a good, hard look in the mirror, but the results are well worth the examination if it means a boost in productivity down the line from a staff who takes pride in their work and the company they work for.
1. No strategic hiring plan.
Companies often fail to strategize a recruiting process to hire the right people and develop a strong team. As you map out such a hiring plan, you should think about the specifics of the job and how you’ll source candidates, the right questions to ask in interviews, how many interviews will be conducted (as well as when and where), and the on-boarding routine. Think both short term and long term about the team you are working to develop. What skills are you missing? How can you fill gaps? What types of individuals will help bring you to the next level? Involve hiring managers and the executive team in the development of your hiring plan to ensure that everyone is on board.
2. Small thinking.
You need to have aspirations. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the day to day and forget to set or work toward goals. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timed. Before you can think long term, develop short term goals. Short term goals can cover a month, a quarter, or a year depending on your business cycle. Short term goals will drive long term goals, which typically address the next one to five years. Determine what you want your goals to be centered around. Are they for sales, service, operations, or performance? Setting goals will help you become exceptional by giving you and your team the direction to strive for excellence.
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