The Salaried Entrepreneur by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC
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As a business owner, hiring the right type of employee is critical to seeing your business grow and succeed. Of course, it is important to choose employees who possess the right skill set for the job, and who have had the prerequisite required training, too. However, to help take your business to the next level, look for employees who have an entrepreneurial spirit. Here are some things to look for to help you find people who will treat your business like their own.
1. Adaptability. As businesses grow and change, processes, procedures and practices must change as well. Choosing adaptable people helps ensure that your business stays agile and keeps up with the changing business environment.
2. Creativity. Your business will consistently need new ideas to keep growing. Creative minds are always thinking of new programs and new ways of doing things. Bringing in creative people and then allowing them to do what they do best will help you to have the important collaboration that helps keep your business moving forward.
3. Responsibility. Employees who think like business owners are responsible. They treat the company’s money like it was their own, and they have reliable and ethical work habits. These are people you can count on to consistently do the work they were hired to do to the best of their ability and to manage time and resources wisely.
4. Customer focus. Employee entrepreneurs work hard to take care of customers because they inherently understand how important each customer is to the bottom line. These are people you can count on to treat your customers just the way you would treat them.
When you surround yourself with employees who think like business owners, your business will flourish over time. There will be bumps along the way, of course, but you will be equipped with a team of problem solvers who can make changes as required. With others on your team who think like entrepreneurs, you can be certain that everyone is looking out for the best interest of your business and your customers.