Start-up to Grown-up: hire for the growth process

Every company wants to grow. But the growth process can be a very challenging one. The key to success lies in the people you hire and the teams that you build. That is why, when taking your company to the next level, you need to hire for the growth process. Here are some of the aspects to consider when revamping your hiring.

Your recruitment changes as your company grows

Congratulations for hitting the growth phase, the milestone that defines your startup success thanks to a great team, a great product and a great customer base. Although you may have overcome many hurdles up to now, you are about to face a whole new set of growth related challenges. Chief among them is how to grow your team with your business. You need the right hiring team that will cultivate a strong, smart force of employees.

From generalist to specialist

In the early stages of any startup, employees usually found each other because they run in the same circles. They’re normally incredibly passionate about the venture and everyone wears multiple hats. But when the company starts to evolve, recruiting people with more specialised talents is required, especially to advance and diversify the group.

Getting your hiring team up to snuff

You should definitely consider hiring a recruiter that specializes in your industry. Better yet, evolve your hiring team to work together in a streamlined collaboration. Make sure they are completely embedded in the company culture so they know exactly how to identify potential hires who would fit well.

Focus on your standouts

Chances are, you have a few of these from the start which is why your business is where it is today. Study what you’re most talented employees are doing to contribute and analyse their tactics so that you can apply them to your methods and teach new employees to copy them. As amazing as they are, ensure they focus on what they do best instead of elevating their roles where they could become detached from their talents.

Look into partnerships

Be wary when approaching the idea of partnerships – larger companies could be exploitative of a smaller company like yours, so if possible, make sure to have any relevant copyrights, trademarks or patents to ensure you’re not replicated. A mutually beneficial relationship could be formed if your startup has a strong brand/niche that your customers love as larger companies will be more likely to want to partner with you.

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Barry Lenson

Barry Lenson

Barry Lenson has spent more than 25 years writing blogs, website copy, and books on business, education, healthcare, and the arts. He has written and co-authored more than a dozen books, including the bestseller Good Stress, Bad Stress. Barry earned degrees from McGill and Yale.

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