By Adam Walsh, business director, The Right Fuelcard Training Company (TRFC)
When the average recruitment cost of filling a vacancy clocks up between £3-4k - the importance of getting it right as a boss and manager can’t be understated.
Finding the right staff remains a perennial concern for both small and medium sized businesses – as reinforced in a recent report produced by YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
Bad recruitment decisions not only impact on a company’s bottom line, they set morale plummeting - and lead to staff questioning if your leadership and decision making skills are all they are cracked up to be.
Severe skills shortages in both service and manufacturing sectors mean that employers and their recruiters are waking up to the reality that an increasingly scarce, skilled and ambitious labour pool has never been more aware of its own marketability.
Having the right people in the right places will power your business to the next level - increasing productivity, positive attitudes and behaviours while reducing staff turnover, absenteeism and unpunctuality.
Our pioneering Bayford Foundation training arm was created in 2012 to address these very issues. By looking ‘outside the box’ we forged powerful partnerships with community organisations including The Princes Trust. The £150k we have invested in the foundation to date has brought about £7m worth of new business this year alone and been instrumental in us achieving some ambitious business goals.
We’ve compiled our ‘learns’ from our past recruitment experiences into the steps below:
- Use CVs as an effective filtering process
- Dig deep at the interview stage
- Establish how committed your candidate is
- Think laterally
- Don’t judge a book by its cover
- Take time to find the right people
- If you make a mistake take immediate action
- Involve the wider team
Finally, always keep the bigger picture in mind when recruiting and ensure that both your prospective candidates and current team are in the right seats as your business travels to the next stage of its journey.