Business owners, you’ve been grinding all year long and you always wear all the hats and headaches, right? Well…now that the holidays are here you’re probably thinking: I could use a little help. But wait, how am I going to find someone? Calm down. We’re here to help. For some business owners, it’s absolutely vital to hire help for the holidays. How do you think Santa Claus hits up every neighborhood in the world? Umm…obviously he hires tons of freelance elves to do all the dirty work. Speaking of dirty work, we’ve put together a list of things for you to consider when hiring help for the holidays!
Don’t Expect a Miracle Worker: we know ‘tis the season, and you might work minor miracles all year long, but don’t expect to hire a miracle worker. Keep in mind that this hire is a person with their own experience, work style, habits, and goals. Be on the lookout for these qualities to identify your best possible match.
Know Exactly What You Want: you have to have a clear game plan for your new hire. It’s easy to say, “I need help with everything,” but it will help you and your new hire if you have a clear idea of what you would like them to help you with. This is where sitting down and writing a good ‘ole fashion job description will help you think through and prioritize your immediate needs. Will they work full time? Part time? Work from home? etc. Ultimately, you want to ensure that you will have a great working relationship with your new hire and make it a rewarding experience for both of you. Knowing exactly what you want will take you a long way.
Set Aside Enough Time: are you going to have to train this person? If so, how long? An hour, a day, a week? Set aside enough time with them to go over all the important information and resources they will need. Relying on them to just figure it out ‘on the fly’ might save you time in the short term, but will ultimately come back and bite you like a zancudo.
Set Clear Expectations and Keep it Simple: remember the KISS formula? Keep It Simple, Stupid! Once you’ve outlined your job description and cleared enough time in your schedule to onboard your new hire, it’s time to communicate your expectations. Try to think through these expectations clearly and simply. The simpler you can keep them, the better.
Following these simple tips will allow you to have a successful and happy working relationship with your holiday help, so you can sit back and have some rompope. Look at you now, Jefe.