As any entrepreneur will tell you, it’s possible to have a fantastic idea for a new business, and you can plan, strategize, and raise funds to make it possible. But to really make a success of a business, you have to have the right people working with – and for – you.
The strength of your team is one of the most important indicators of success in the future, and today, we’re going to explore how to lay the groundwork to build one. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about building a cohesive and fruitful team.
Create a team culture
Teamwork and collaboration are vital cogs in the wheel of startup success. But don’t expect it to occur naturally – you have to weave those principles into your company culture. Foster, reward and recognize teamwork and you will find it much easier to find the right people for the right positions.
Create a robust hiring process
Employing people always starts with the hiring process, and it’s far more important than many individuals think. First of all, think about the purpose of the team, and create precise roles to meet those needs and goals. Never hire someone without proper vetting, and consideration in what they can bring to your company.
Look for complementary skills
As a new business owner, it can be tempting to hire people that you think will fit into the overall company culture you are striving for. And while this is a good move, you need to be careful not to take it too far. Look for complementary skills and personalities who can bounce ideas off each other, rather than argue from a similar viewpoint. The best teams have a good mix of competence, experience, and character, and getting that balance right is essential.
Provide a safe and healthy workplace
When your teams feel safe, comfortable, and healthy, they will be more productive than if they do not – it’s as simple as that. As a bare minimum, you should be looking to develop safety practices and procedures to provide that all-important healthy environment, reduce stress, and allow people room to think. Provide them with healthy snacks and encourage healthy activity such as exercise, and you will find they reward you with better quality work, problem-solving, and creative thinking.
Understand strengths and weaknesses
Great bosses know how to get the best out of people because they understand everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Your employees will come from a broad array of backgrounds and will have different personalities that require different approaches to managing. It’s not a skill that everyone is blessed with, of course, but understanding people is still something you can learn over time. And make no mistake about it – it’s a skill that is worth its weight in gold.
Finally, the best teams in the world will always fail if they don’t have a vision to follow. Communicating this vision to your employees is essential if you want success. Laying out your aspirations will help others find theirs, and with a little luck and a lot of hard work, you can all reap the rewards in the not-too-distant future.