• It's not easy getting your staff singing from the same song sheet. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
We went to the Australian Institute of Music to get some tips on how you and your small business staff can sing from the same songsheet.
Small Business Secrets

SBS Small Business Secrets
20 Nov 2016 - 5:05 PM  UPDATED 28 Nov 2016 - 1:39 PM

It's not easy getting your staff on the right page, so what's the best way to approach recruitment.

Recruit right

  • It's important to screen potential candidates as thoroughly as you can. Social media platforms have made it incredibly easy to do this.
  • Don't fall under the belief that hiring family members or friends is best. Business can turn personal very easily in this scenario.
  • Make sure the candidate shares your business vision.
  • You don't have to hire the candidate most like you, as this can cause personality clashes.

Staff strengths (and weaknesses)

  • Play to your employee's strengths - this means identifying which tasks suit them best.
  • Not only do you have to get along with new employees, your other staff need to as well. This ensures the work environment is healthy and happy for everyone.
  • Remember that weaknesses are not always a bad thing. After all, not everyone is perfect, You can always train employees up in the future.
  • Be a team - don't isolate or overload team members as this can create resentment. At the same time, giving small workloads can create the impression that you don't trust them, or value their input.

Be the best boss

  • Trusting others with your small business isn't easy, but micromanaging your staff can damage your relationship with them.
  • Your staff deal with more day-to-day operations than you will, so it's important that you consider what they have to say.
  • Make sure you create a comfortable environment where they can approach you with questions, concerns and ideas.

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