Everyone talks about how hiring is expensive, so it’s important to take your time and do it right. While that’s true on some level, it’s just as important to have the right people in place at the right time. If you take too long to get a stellar product manager, brand marketer, or accountant involved with your business–especially at the startup level–your business will suffer accordingly.
Plenty of employment regulations have been built up to make businesses averse to firing, and plenty of advisers coach patience in the hiring process. But what if you moved fast and experimented by bringing in people to work on specific projects that test their compatibility with the company? You’ll get a good sense of how they are to work with and maybe even derive a great product or campaign from the experience. If it doesn’t work out, move on.
Likewise, take a good hard look at your current staff. Is there someone who underperforms, or even performs well, but seems to have a negative impact on others? If one poisonous personality is decreasing others’ productivity by even a small percentage, it’s probably past time to help that person move on to a position that’s a better fit. Even looking for a new job might be a preferable activity for that person than continuing to bog down the rest of your company.
Your phone is probably filled with amazing, talented people. Why wait to hire one for a project? Try working together today. The faster you move fast and fire people, the sooner you’ll know if it works out–or not.
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