In this episode, we explore how your growth can begin to impact your staffing needs and the signs to look for that indicate you may need to add more specialists to your growing
In this episode, we explore how your growth can begin to impact your staffing needs and the signs to look for that indicate you may need to add more specialists to your growing business.
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Businesses that move from start-up to growth often start to see gaps in staffing expertise. When the business was smaller generalists and jack of all trade types of people were able to get the work done and propel the business forward. But as the business grows; the need for more specialized work and workers grows.
Today, we are going to look at the People side of your growing business. Specifically, we are going to tackle the problem of identifying when you need to bring in more experienced staff and the signs that you may need to start employing more specialists in your business.
*Growing businesses will start to see negative effects in the work and workload that must be addressed with more specialization and experience.
*Staffing generalist positions may have gotten your business to this point, but more specialists are needed to get you to the next level.
*Other problems can surface in the quality of the work and we’ll discuss the concept of good is no longer good enough.
*Problems can also occur that work is missed, requirements are not met or work is left undone due to the lack of expertise and experience in certain positions and roles in the company.
*Management level employees will also need to start specializing in a certain area as the company grows and becomes larger and more complex.
*Too many diverse responsibilities that take away from a person’s true skills and value as well as incomplete projects or lack of follow through are all symptoms that the entrepreneur should watch out for.
*Areas of the business where specialization is often needed are discussed as well as business areas that can help strengthen the business.
*Your brand and what you want your company to be known for is also a key factor for staffing decisions and key areas of specialization.
*We discuss how to handle those long term employees who are not automatic fits in the new evolved company based on their lack of skills, specialization or experience.
*Entrepreneur can take steps to make the transition smoother for his company and we talk about those in the episode.
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Lisa Roberts is a business operations consultant who advises growth company entrepreneurs in successfully managing growth and the challenges they face along the way. She has over 25 years of experience in operations, finance and administration and spent several years in executive roles at a high growth company. She recognizes that there is a fine line between success and failure in a growing business and that entrepreneurs need to focus on managing finances, creating a sound operation and employ good business practices to stay on track. You can find out more about her here