There’s one belief that many small business owners share, regardless of gender: It’s hard to recruit high quality team members and even harder to replace them. Why? Because you want top talent, but you can’t pay “huge company” salaries and benefits, and you don’t have the time to deal with the whole hiring process.
This belief is particularly harmful to women – because it morphs from a belief into action that looks a lot like self-sabotage.
Don’t believe me?
How many of you have put up with employees who were not living up to expectations – but knew the business?
Or how many of you have said yes to employee demands even though it wasn’t what was best for you or the business – but you didn’t want to lose them?
And how many of you have kept people on board because you felt it was your duty to do so – even though they clearly weren’t the perfect fit?
I’d be willing to bet that every single one of you has been in this situation at least once in your life.
Because keeping bad employees on is very bad for business, here’s what it takes to get out of this self-sabotaging behavior.
When you hit a breaking point and fire an employee, banish the self-doubt. There are a lot of really qualified people out there looking for jobs who would love to work for your company.
You will find them by:
- Saying out loud that you need to hire a top-notch employee.
- Asking fellow business owners what resources they’ve used recently to find great employees.
- Writing the job description – but not the current one. The ideal one. The one in which the employee actually does the things that need to get done, the way you think they should be done, and in a time frame that makes sense to you.
- Making a list (for yourself) of the non-negotiables, the things you don’t want to deal with anymore.
Change your mindset, change the landscape – and find a fantastic new employee.