You’ve hit it big. Your company finally found the balance between your product or service and your audience. But now there’s too much demand and you can’t keep up with it using your current employees. You need to scale up your workforce and you need to do it fast. How do you do that when you already have so much to do?
Just like your favorite teacher told you in high school, nothing worth doing is easy. Luckily, we’ve done it before, so you won’t have to figure it out from scratch. No need to reinvent the wheel. Here are 5 things to keep in mind when you need to scale up quickly.
Create a Scaling Plan
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as scaling up too quickly. Just as having more demand than you can keep up with is bad, bringing on more help than you need can lead to wasted money and added stress in the workforce. To avoid growing too quickly, you need a plan. Having clear goals for the number and kinds of people you want to hire will help you tailor your hiring process accordingly.
Your plan should include what you’re looking for in a candidate, the deadlines you’ll need to meet during the process, and each of the steps you’ll need to take along the way.
Hold Fast to Company Culture
One of the biggest mistakes you can make during the scaling process is hiring someone who doesn’t fit with your company culture. You can hire the most talented person on the planet, but if their values clash with yours, that’s going to show in your company performance.
You don’t have to be best friends with everyone you work with, or might consider working with. But, everyone at your company should share your company values and work ethic. Shared values lead to respect, which lends well to a good work performance.
Hire the Best Candidates
Everyone has known that coworker. You know the one. They never seemed to do what needed to be done, maybe they were argumentative, and they were always a pain in the uh, neck.
Picking the wrong people can be just as deadly as not hiring anyone at all. The success of a company depends on everyone’s ability to work with each other and the skills of everyone involved. You have the chance to hire amazing people who can bring new and beautiful ideas to your company, why throw away that opportunity?
Consider working with a recruiter like Profyle Tracker to find the right people for your company. You’ll want to hire people who are excited to work for you, are willing to learn and will make the effort to improve themselves, and that improvement will directly benefit you.
Plan for Future Growth Now
Sure, you’re busy hiring people to fill the dozen or so vacancies you have in your company now. But since your product has already caught on, it’s likely you’ll need to scale up once again. Will the people you hire today be able to mentor potential future hires? Do they have what it takes to help your company grow and succeed? Can they specialize into specific departments when your company reaches that point? Figure out where you want to be in five years, and make sure the people you hire can help you get there.
The best way to plan for future growth is to set a milestone. Maybe something like, “when we sell x amount of product, then we can afford to support an HR department.” Once you get to that point, you’ll want to promote one or more of your current workers to that area and then find new ones to back fill their positions.
Rely on Recruiters
It can be overwhelming to keep all the aspects of scaling in mind. If the reason you are scaling is because you have too much work and not enough people to do the work, taking the time to hire new people can seem impossible. But even herculean tasks are manageable with the right help!
Recruiters specialize in finding the right people for your company. When you have several positions to fill, they can help connect you to some of the most talented people in the industry. Are you ready to start scaling? Contact us today for help!