Having spent several years working for a global staffing firm and also dealing with human resource issues as a partner in a small business for over 12 years, I have interviewed and placed literally hundreds of applicants for a multitude of different positions and environments. During that time, I have witnessed more than my share of disappointment and disenchantment experienced by business leaders and employees alike.
For a long time, I carried around a feeling of discouragement and frustration due to the disconnect between people being hired and those doing the hiring. It bothered me that I had never been able to find a way to close that gap and improve the level of employee engagement.
So I began researching and listening to HR specialists and engagement professionals – reading blogs and joining webinars to see if I could uncover the “secret” to making the workplace a happier space for the entire team. I can tell you there are a lot of people talking about the subject and lots of opinions on the best way to deal with it. What really sticks out to me is the common theme of communication and respect. Basically, it’s about creating and maintaining a strong community – the same way we build friendships and partnerships with customers and other business owners. If we keep an open line of communication going with our employees and involve them in the business by cultivating their unique talents into the mix, we can build a motivated and productive team of brand advocates.
In 2004, I became a small business owner myself. My husband and I built (and still run!) Willie’s Crane Service, upgrading and repairing billboards. With careful and strategic hiring, we’ve seen great growth over the years.
Part of this growth was enabled by hiring specialized crane operators, who are running 40-ton cranes with human lives at stake 200 feet above the ground. Needless to say, hiring the right person takes on a new level of meaning when the wrong hire could cause catastrophe. Through my hiring expertise, and other business skill and experience, we have grown Willie’s Crane Service into a $500,000 business within 5 years.
If you have ever held your head in your hands in despair over employee issues, we need to talk. Let me show you how I take the hard work out of staffing and help you build your Dream Team. The key is understanding that it doesn’t happen overnight and the system I can teach you will put the process in motion to become a seamless part of your daily operations.
“I have a huge amount of respect for entrepreneurs – people who take the leap and figure out how to make it happen as they go – I believe small businesses are the foundation of our communities and have a real desire to help them succeed.”