If you’re a human resources director, senior executive, or entrepreneur, then you know exactly how important your staff is to your individual and companywide success. Your business is only as strong as your team, and it takes more than luck to hire and keep the best possible team members. Senior executive and dynamic visionary Andrew Malek offered us his insights on how to effectively build, recruit, train, and retain a winning staff.
First, suggests Malek, your recruitment strategy should come from an abundance mindset. “If you hire based on scarcity, you won’t end up with good results,” says Andrew Malek. “The goal of recruitment is not to find anyone who fits the job description and can start right away, or even to find the best person for the job on paper. The best hire is a good fit on both sides. Your company culture may or may not be right for an employee who otherwise has all the necessary skills. Take your time and don’t succumb to desperation.”
In terms of employee training, Andrew Malek adds that you should always keep diversity in mind. That includes not only diversity in terms of identity, but in terms of personality, thought, and approach to work as well. “Your training strategies should include team-building exercises and educational methods that appeal to both introverts and extroverts, for example,” Malek suggests. “One exercise should allow employees to communicate in writing, while others should emphasize public speaking or working in groups. Every skill set should be allowed to shine from the beginning so that no one feels left out. This will also help with knowledge retention, as receiving information by more than one means will help every type of learner remember your key messages.”
Finally, to retain your employees, ensure that they know they are valued. “When an employee is succeeding,” says Andrew Malek, “there’s sometimes a tendency for supervisors to forget about them. After all, executives have many problems to deal with and fires to put out, so it can feel like there isn’t time to worry about team members who are doing well. But failing to acknowledge that consistency, check in with your employees about any problems they may be having, and let them know how much you value them is a mistake. They might be struggling and you might not have noticed any issue at the moment because it wasn’t as obvious.”
Andrew Malek’s primary passion is helping individuals and teams reach their full potential. A dedicated mentor who always pushes his staff, colleagues, and mentees to do their best, his experience on the Board of Directors of an $80 million company allowed Malek to see firsthand which strategies result in ongoing success.