Good entrepreneurs are quick to credit their teams for their successes. They understand that much of what makes a startup work lies in the teams they manage to build. At Moonlighting, we’ve unfortunately witnessed entrepreneurs who have picked the wrong teams and suffered devastating failures as a result. In fact, a study from CB Insights shows that hiring the wrong team is the third most common cause of startup failure.
So how do you tackle the hiring process the right way? Apply the next ten hacks for starters.
1. Recruit Proactively
“Don’t wait until you need to fill a position to begin recruiting. You can quickly slide into crisis mode should someone leave suddenly, or you have an immediate hiring need. Instead, recruiting and hiring are things you should be doing all of the time. Build relationships on LinkedIn. Reach out to talent, even when you aren’t hiring. Get to know people in your industry. Have a hiring pitch just like you do a sales pitch.” – Kevin Meuret, CEO of Mantality Health.
2. Your Team Members May Have Their Own Teams
“A study showed that the heart surgeons who got the best results are those who work with the same teams consistently. Don’t underestimate what your team members can get from the teams supporting them. As you hire people, make sure that your leaders have the people working under them that they need. Finally, when those teams are strong, don’t disrupt them.” – James Bayliss, CEO of Vaper Empire.
3. Never Underestimate the Impact You Have on Your Teams
“When people leave their jobs, their bosses often assume it’s because they went to pursue a better opportunity, or to earn more money. That’s not quite true. 75% of people who quit their jobs do so because of their boss. So you need to focus on transparency and flat management within the team.” Sheen Xin Hu, CEO of MXC Foundation.
4. Hire People Who Have Talents You Don’t
“According to Harvard Business Review, the most successful startups have tech founders who hire business people to work for them. More importantly, they don’t drag their feet. They get their teams together quickly to push momentum forward. None of this means that you can’t succeed if you don’t have a tech background. The important takeaway here is the formula. Hire people who have talents that complement yours, and who can pick up where your skills lack.” – Liran Rosenfeld, CEO of PassRight.
5. Remember That Teams Are More Than the People You Hire
“To build a stellar team, you have to think beyond your direct hires. Your team is also composed of the people outside of your organization who have the potential to play a role in your success. This includes freelancers, other local businesses, vendors, and investors. Recognize where partnerships can benefit your startup, and work hard to nurture those relationships.” , Jonathan SP, CEO of MarijuanaBreak.
6. Keep Remote Workers Engaged
“Some of your most important team members may never spend time at the office. More than ever, remote workers are playing an important role in small and emerging businesses. As their leader, it’s important to ensure that you keep them engaged. Communicate with them frequently, thank them for their contributions in ways that matter, and make certain they know that they are an important part of your business.” – Kevin Easterday, CEO of Malligator Media.
7. Use Team Building Activities That Work
“Team building activities get a bad rap. Some of this is well-deserved. Nobody wants to spend hours engaging in fruitless activities. On the other hand, when they are well-planned and executed properly, team building activities can help improve team relationships. Here are 5 team building activities that have been shown to work over and over again: physical activities, field trips, volunteering in the community, shared meals and professional development.” – Jimmy Rohampton, Founder of HowToCreateABlog.org.
8. Dump Ideas That Don’t Work
“There are so many trendy ideas on creating the ideal work environment. Some businesses insist on open floor plans where nobody has an office with a door. Others hold brainstorming sessions in an effort to get the best, most creative ideas out of their team members. Because these ideas are original, and they evoke the image of a fun and dynamic workplace, people cling to them. The only problem is that these ideas are often a bust. Productivity often goes down when people are forced to work in these environments. Studies show that brainstorming rarely results in good ideas. By all means, try things out, but be willing to let bad ideas go.” – Stefan Thiel, CEO of Los Angeles Ads.
9. Beware of Cliques
“This one is a bit tricky. Work friendships are going to form no matter what. The problem comes when those friendships become a little too insular and little, office subcultures form. These can be devastating to your efforts to build productive, happy teams. Work to form diverse, multidisciplinary teams to counteract this.” – TJ Smith, founder of T.J. Smith, Attorney at Law.
10. Use the Lunch Interview
When you interview a potential candidate, they are going to be on their best behavior. How they interact with you may not tell the whole story. Walter Bettinger, CEO of Charles Schwab, takes an interesting approach. He takes interviewees out to lunch, then tips the server to mess up their orders. From that he is able to tell how potential hires:
- Conduct themselves when another person makes a mistake
- Deal with frustration
- Treat people who are serving them
- Maintain their composure
Your success depends largely on your ability to hire the right people, and to keep those people happy. Try implementing the 10 team building hacks here, and see how your startup benefits.
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This article was originally featured by USA Today.