I’ve been there. You’re working long, difficult hours and dreaming of the day when you can hire a team to bring your vision fully to life.
You list the pros and cons on your scratchpad: Your company is growing.
But you’re not ready to add someone permanently to the payroll.
But if you did, you could grow even faster. Is it time to take the gamble?
This dilemma is exactly why I founded Workplace Harmony.
After 16 years climbing the human resources corporate ladder, I felt the pull to create better balance in my life, more time for family and more fulfillment from work — more harmony.
My motto: You are the pilot of your own plane. When I asked myself what I would do if money wasn’t an issue, the answer was clear: I would support and guide small businesses to building phenomenal cultures and awesome workplaces.
After all, a small business is really the embodiment of someone’s dream.
So, what’s my advice on when it’s time to grow:
Start by asking yourself, what could I be doing if I left this task to someone else?
Growing smart starts with figuring what only you can do and what you could delegate to a freelancer or an employee. Delegation is not a dirty word. It adds to your bandwidth, and it gives you an opportunity to train and invest in an associate.
Finding tasks to break off to an employee or contractor is a chance to be intentional about development and growth. Delegation is a lesson in knowledge-sharing. You have to be comfortable and build trust.
Don’t box yourself into the belief that only you can do certain things for your company. A growth mindset means analyzing where you can get more bang for your buck.
To understand better what work could be delegated, ask yourself what the consequences would be if the task wasn’t finished on time or if it wasn’t up to your quality standards.
If you do decide to hire some help, remember to set clear expectations and deadlines. Discuss the desired end result and be clear and consistent with your boundaries. Express the importance of the task.
Be OK with letting go, at least some. It’s hard, especially if you’ve built your business from the ground up. There is only one of you, and if you’re feeling stretched too thin to keep up with the growth or to fully fill a gap in the market you’ve identified, it could be time to take the leap.
And we’re here if you want to talk through the options.
Lauren Williams, Founder & Principle Consultant
Lauren Williams utilizes her 20-years of expertise in the HR field to support companies by improving and enhancing their people skills/operations, which maximizes a company’s full potential. With care and passion, she focuses intently on the employee experience and how to leverage a solid community-based company culture that encourages organic employee engagement, retention, and empowerment.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]