How to know when you need to hire more employees
It is common for managers to wait until they are about to burst before they cave in and decide to hire more employees. A lot of mangers are unwilling to admit they need to hire employees because they have a strong desire to have full control over their job or department. When you hire a new employee, you have to be ready to give up a bit of control over something and you need to recognize that you cannot do it all yourself. There are some signs you need to watch out for when it comes to hiring additional employees.
Sign # 1 - Long hours
When you spend more and more time at work at night and on the weekends, its time to sit back and evaluate if it is time to bring in a new employee. While it's normal to have some sense of devotion to your job, it should never completely take over your life. If you haven't taken time off to go on a vacation at least once a year, it's time to seriously consider hiring an additional employee.
Sign # 2 - Your email is out of control
Another tell-tell sign that you need to hire more employees is when you spend a good 2 hours responding to emails, and hardly any of them are spam. When your email starts to get flooded, its easy to get behind on meetings and responding to letters of interest. Since you are the manager, it is essential for you to promptly respond to your emails. Hiring a part-time person to answer your emails will free up your time so you can handle all the important things like sales meetings. According to market research studies, customers want a response within 48 hours after sending a letter of inquiry or they will take their business elsewhere.
Sign # 3 - You miss meetings and deadlines
A big indicator that it's time to hire employees is when you start getting so overwhelmed that you actually miss meetings and deadlines. Double bookings and dropping the ball causes you to look bad and prospective clients will lose confidence in your ability to do business with them. Hiring an assistant to handle your emails and to manage your schedule will allow you to look like a competent individual that is able to properly manage a business.
Sign # 4 - Your employees are complaining or leaving
When your staff is overwhelmed, many of them will start to complain, others will take a lot of time off work or they will leave the company for a new job. If you suddenly have a lot of turnover it points to a problem within the company. People are being overworked and underpaid. Release their burden by hiring additional employees to take on some of the workload. If you cannot afford to hire a full-time employee, you can still help out your employees by hiring someone part-time. Another thing you can look into is hiring contract employees to take on some of the burden. Contract employees can perform certain projects for the company like copywriting, graphic design, and website design. This is a great way to get the work done that you need for a low cost.
Sign # 5 - You are unorganized
One of the biggest signs that you need to hire employees is when you find that you are completely unorganized. If you have receipts piling up that need to be entered or you are missing payment deadlines, it's time to get some help. Most companies don't recognize that they need help until they are audited by the IRS and panic mode sets in because they can't find all the documents they need. Hire a college student to come in for 2 hours a day to gather and organize your documents. It's a low-cost way to get the help you need.