Attracting top talent. Cont.
Develop the necessary criteria for incoming candidates, and then assess strengths and weaknesses before the in-person interview stage. It can be a laborious task, but taking an active role in the hiring process will give prospective employees an idea of how imperative their role will be in the company.
Don’t steal the show completely. A supervising team member or manager should be in the room with you asking questions of their own, too. Your involvement gives a good impression to candidates. Experts at recruiting giant Monster estimate that up to 70 percent of job seekers will turn down a job if their first impressions are substandard. (HR Review) As a leader, it’s imperative you take the time to wow top talent personally.
Staying in the loop.
Your team may complain about the hovering of micromanagers – but in reality, a vast majority of employees actually want more face time with their bosses. According to research firm Leadership IQ, employee engagement can skyrocket by up to a third when top managers decide to make more time for their employees. But there’s a fine line between getting in some quality time and becoming a royal pain in the neck.
It’s crucial that you check in with employees on a regular basis. Instead of sending out a passive-aggressive chain email, work your way around the bullpen and ask how everyone is doing. Your employees have to know they’ve got a direct line to the boss should they ever need it.
As an employer, the last thing you want to do is harass your employees. You’ve brought them in to do a job, so what’s the point of standing over the shoulders and trying to do it for them? But that doesn’t mean you should be hiding in your office, either.
The success of your company depends upon an effective line of communication from top to bottom, inside and out – and you should be listening to each and every message.
That, by definition, is micromanagement – but it’s also good management.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Nash Riggins is an American business journalist based in central Scotland. He writes for The Huffington Post, World Finance, EuropeanCEO and The New Economy. For more from Nash, follow his blog at: www.nashriggins.com. Connect with @nashriggins on Twitter.
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