Training Employees and Developing a Well-Rounded Staff
As your wholesale beading company grows and expands over time, you're going to want to think about hiring staff members to help you run a tight ship. Although it can be difficult to place trust in others to manage all of your hard work, doing so sooner rather than later can help you relieve stress that comes with the job.
Once you find a handful of people you're willing to hire, you'll need to create a viable training strategy to make sure they fit seamlessly into your company. After all, you're hiring employees to help you manage your business--not become a problem.
If you've never managed a group of employees before, it can be nerve-wracking to train them and keep everyone comfortable. However, there are a few ways you can effectively give these individuals the skills they need to positively contribute to your company. Here are some tips on how to get everyone up to speed and make your training sessions successful:
Make training interactive
Entrepreneur.com reports that little can compare to real world experience, which is why it's a good idea to make your training sessions interactive. Give individuals roles to play and allow them to get hands-on training in your workplace, whether it's through helping other staff members or customers.
This means you'll need to be comfortable letting these outsiders take on responsibility within your company. You should attempt to build a relationship based on trust with these individuals. Not only will you be working with them constantly, but you'll need peace of mind as they become key parts of the big picture.
Hire a training professional
If you're training people in-house and you've never done it before, you might want to consider bringing in a professional to help you bridge the gap. An individual who has experience in human resources, recruiting and training can not only help you polish your new hires, but also teach you a few things along the way. In the end, you may learn enough to not need the extra help later down the line.
Find ways to gauge your success
Entrepreneur.com states that it's important to set benchmarks that you want to reach, from the moment you decide to hire more people to the second you begin training them. For instance, determine how much of a boost of sales you would like to see in the upcoming quarter once you hire new staff members. Doing so can let you know if your current training methods are effective or if you have room for improvement.
Create documents that your employees can use in the future
Inc.com states that one way you can make sure employees are never left in the dark after they complete training, is to have helpful documents on hand for future reference. If possible, try to keep all of your important information together in a series of spreadsheets that can be easily accessed by you and your employees. Although this requires going an extra step, doing so can help you make sure your staff is prepared to handle whatever comes their way in the near future.
Know your company needs
The Small Business Development Center of Northern Los Angeles County reports that you should have a grasp on your company needs before you begin to hire and train employees. Do you know which areas of your beading company need the most help? Is it with sales or your marketing tactics?
By understanding where you need to make improvement, you'll be able to find individuals who fit the job description and can positively impact your company.
Understand what your trainees need
Once you hire your trainees, you'll want to focus on their specific needs in order to make sure they can do their best as a member of your business. Determine what works and doesn't work for your employees--for instance, if an interactive training program doesn't seem to be paying off, don't wait to switch it up. To be more engaged, think about asking your employees what they would like to see in order to get the most out of the training program. Together, you can create a well-rounded staff that will help you in the future.
Although it can be difficult to train employees who have little or no experience in the beading industry, there are a few ways that you can work around these issues. By putting in a little extra effort to help new hires along, you can turn them into valuable staff members who can support you in a time of need.
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