Due to the harsh economic climate now days, many people are turning to be self-employed employers, and have run right into a new learning environment. Being on the other side of the table for most people is a new experience and a new learning opportunity. Take it from me, I am a pastor, use to dealing with people that are coming out of really bad life situations, but nothing prepared me for becoming an employer. Not only do we have ALL the Government Paper work and Government eyes involved with hiring people to assist us in our businesses but also we have to learn how to work with ALL types of people, and how to deal with our own idiosyncrasies.
The typical person that starts his or her own businesses, is the type person that is a very take charge type, self motivated, self directed, and very attentive to details. Business owners have usually done every job and task themselves prior to hiring their first employee, and have developed their own way of doing things. The challenge comes with the first employee that may or may not be as attentive to the details, or may not even know or understand why the details are important. Business owners understand with greater understanding the details of the business structures, however, the newly hired employee has stepped into a “Vision” that isn’t their own, and we business owners somehow expect the employee to grab all the important factors immediately, forgetting that we had to grow into our lessons learned and they will too. As I write this, I am talking to myself as well as helping others that are in the same situation as I am currently. I also have the benefit of people around me that have been in business for over Thirty Years and learned these lessons of employee and employer relationships, and how to travel them successfully without to much bloodshed, or hurt feelings.
First thing that New Employers need to learn, is that your newly hired employee has just stepped onto your pathway on your journey of being in business for yourself, and like all newborns, has NO CONCEPT of the direct purpose of your business. You may explain the company or business upon having their interview, but I’m telling you they don’t understand your business like you do yet, and you need PATIENCE while they are getting with the program. According to my experience, and upon the advise of my business mentors, it will take several weeks for your new hire to become somewhat versed in your business, and nothing will make it happen any sooner. Orientation Classes are good, but I guarantee you that they won’t remember anything coming out of those classes until practical application kicks in and experience takes over. You, the Employer have been doing it all yourself up until now, and now is the time for you to learn how to treat your Employees with dignity and respect while they are in the learning process. You never want to accuse your employee of lying to you about why something isn’t done in the first several weeks, because I guarantee you it is simply a matter of inattention to the details on their part, and NOT a deliberate act of lying about saying they accomplished a job or task, when it is clearly not completed. When you investigate the situation further, you will see that the job was partly done, and part was left undone by their inattention to the details. Only time will get the job done correctly. Some excellent advise that one of my seasoned business mentors gave me is that for everything that you or your employees mess up, there are only two remedies either Time or Money, Time to redo the task and money that it may take to correct the situation. Both of which we as business owners have, and understand that with new hires, there are always expenses. Patience is the first thing all good employers need to learn, and is often times the most difficult lesson for us to learn.