I saw a young lady walking a big dog this morning. And I felt sorry for her. Because it looked more like that dog was taking her for a walk. Have you ever walked an untrained dog on a leash? Especially one that weighs as much as you?
A big, untrained dog can wear you out faster than you can say “roll over.”
But compare that with dogs that are trained. They learn to be aware of where you are at all times. And they stay close so you hardly even feel the leash in your hand. And that’s a much more enjoyable experience. For you AND the dog. But, according to a dog trainer client of mine, there’s a right way and a wrong way to train a dog.
Of course, if you’ve been following me for a while, ore if you’re a subscriber to my daily emails, you know I don’t talk about dogs to just be talking about dogs.
And, in this case, untrained dogs are an analogy for new employees.
Because new employees can certainly put a strain on your schedule control. But that strain is multiplied if you don’t hire the right person for the right position. And that’s so much more difficult to do if you don’t have a system. Yeah, a system. Not just for hiring. But also for what the new person’s responsibilities will be. And what’s expected of them.
Believe it or not, people like to know what’s expected of them.
But most people prefer that information to be dependable. Something they can refer to over and over again without sudden, unexpected changes.
And those changes can happen when you “shoot from the hip.” But they almost never happen when you have a process for hiring (and firing) clearly set up in your system.
It might sound like a terrible thing to have to set up…and, in a way, it is…but I can pretty much guarantee you will always regret it if you don’t have a section for it in your Operations Manual. You do have one of those, don’t you? But that’s for another time.
Right now I’d like you to know I’ll have some special training on how to hire the right person. It’ll be the topic of my monthly UNversity how-to lesson for January 2022. Whoa! take a look at that again. 2022. That’s just over three weeks away. So, you don’t have all the time in the world to enroll and get this valuable hiring/firing training for $15. Just till the last day of this month, December. After that, your enrollment will get you access only to February and beyond.
So don’t delay. Enroll early. Because I’m confident this training can help you…
Get Ready, Be Ready, and Stay Ready,