Onboarding Your Startup Team

 

What do you consider your company’s most important asset to be?

No matter what your answer was, wipe it from your mind. Now that you have decided to branch out and hire employees, your answer to that question should always be your team.

The reasoning is extensive. There are countless studies on the success of companies who put their employees first. But consider this right off the bat: Anyone applying to a startup organization believes in the owner’s vision, and shares their innovative spirit. Otherwise, they would accept a job at a more established corporation.

That alone—the fact that your potential employees are willing to risk their livelihoods to help you follow your dream—should be motivation enough for you to reciprocate their commitment. The first step is to give them a proper onboarding experience.

Hiring Your First Employees
Not every applicant is a godsend, though. Really think about the type of team culture your business might foster as it operates day-by-day, and evaluate applicants based on how they might adapt, thrive, and contribute to that culture.

If you haven’t thought much about that aspect of your business, there is a tool called the Wealth Dynamics Test that can help you understand your leadership style, what kind of environment you will most likely flourish in, and critical steps to take to overcome some of your perceived weaknesses. This information will get you thinking of yourself as a team manager. A team culture, which we will talk more about later, will start taking shape from there.
During the interview process, focus on the potential you see in each interviewee, not just their work history. Does your own work history perfectly reflect your passion, creativity, and hard work? On a related note, were your own answers to interviews in your past mostly – how do I put this? – fabricated to appeal to the interviewer? Don’t let yourself be fooled. It’s not good for business. Have tasks prepared for your applicants to complete, so they can demonstrate the skills they speak so highly of. Have a variety of tasks, even. Present them with a solo job; have them take part in a collaborative task […]