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5 Things to Look for in New Employees
Posted on 04/20/2017 by Wyn Partington | 0 Comments
Hiring new employees may be one of the most stressful times for a small business owner. You have to place and ad, put out feelers, collect resumes or backgrounders, conduct interviews, and hope and pray that the candidates you do indeed hire work out. The perfect new hire will have a winning combination of both conventional qualifications such as education, work experience, etc. – and soft skills that can’t be captured via a resume. Here are five things to look for in a new employee.
- Plays well with others – Consider how this person will fit in with the rest of the team. Do they have the right temperament? Are they a team player? Asking these questions can go a long way toward making the workplace a fun, energetic environment versus a boring, isolated place to spend your days.
- Strong work ethic – While it’s great to have a fun, charismatic energy in the office or at a work site, they also need to do their job. Here, it’s important to look at work history and take the time to really check their references. Past employers are the key to knowing if you have a hard-working Harriet or a lazy Susan on your hands.
- Willingness to learn – Education and work experience are important, however, it’s equally as important to find someone with a willingness to learn new things– someone who doesn’t think they already know it all. This person will be highly trainable, making an extra effort to do things the way you want them done and be willing to pivot in a new direction whenever it’s called for.
- Positive attitude – There’s nothing that can decrease employee morale quicker than a team member with a negative attitude. What’s worse, this energy is infectious and can spread like wildfire to your other employees if it’s not quickly put in check. Stomp it out before it starts by taking care to hire people with an optimistic outlook on life and work.
- Technical skills – We live in the information age and with the onslaught of the Internet of Things (IoT) – the world and the workplace are becoming even more connected. As technology changes, it’s vital to have employees that are tech savvy, and more importantly – pointing back to #3 – willing to learn as new technology emerges.
According to Deloitte, the average US company spends upwards of $4,000 to fill an open position. For a small business, the time and money it takes to find, hire and train a new employee, then integrate them into your company, is no small investment. Therefore, it’s important to take special care in selecting who you add to your team.
Now that you’ve got your hiring out of the way, let us help you with the technology that can help your small business advance. Contact us to learn more about our fleet management solutions.