You’ve got employees now and you are responsible for them, their happiness and even thier family. They count on you…and that’s tough!
I’ve mentioned that my role have changed now that I’ve done my first hire. This past month and a half brought a lot of changes on AppInChina.co, good changes! We’ve made tremendous progress and get to serve great clients (Duolingo is one of our latest ones, thanks guys!), along with those came many fears regarding hiring.
What You Should be Working on When Your Startup is Growing?
Some things come to mind:
– Was that a smart decision hiring somebody to help?
– Is the person I hired is suitable for the job? (Oh, ya!)
– How would it be now when I’m the ‘Boss’?
– Am I listening enough to my employees, helping them grow and keep them interested enough for them to keep working for me?
I really don’t have answers to ALL these questions and there isn’t really a right or wrong answer here as well. Management styles vary and different employees are attracted and handle better with different management styles.
I believe employees should CHOOSE to work with you. It’s your job to make them happy and want to come to work and It’s your job to support them and listen to them.
Employee who chooses you is worth much more than one that you just choose him. On the day that this emplee stops choosing you and feels like there are other options around, it means you failed in being a good boss. Perhaps I’m taking this to the extrmes as everybody leaves thier job at some point for different reasons, so it’s enavitable, it’s like you’ve failed before you’ve started.
The point is that listening is hard and help your employees growing their personality and skills is hard too. You need to give them the best environment to flourish and succeed in their career and life goals. It’s not about you, it’s about them.
The longer you are able to listen and help them grow the better until the next employee comes and you start all over again, more experienced and with better assets in your company assuming you’ve done the previous hiring right.
So, listen. Always!
Now Over to you
What was your experience when hiring your first person? Are you a good listener? How responsible do you think you should be to your employees happiness and life goals? Add those in the comments.
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