Always be Recruiting
We all know how important good employees are to the success of your business. It is a good idea for all managers to create a recruiting funnel of potential employees with which to stay in contact. Often, non-sales managers ask why they need to do this if they have no current openings. I can say from experience that more than once I was blindsided by a “solid/safe” employee who left the company for a perceived better opportunity. Suddenly, my department was in a tailspin.
The old ways of recruiting (newspaper ads) are as passé as land lines and floppy disks. Today networking is the method many managers use to look for their future employees. If you have created a working environment that attracts people, your pool of potential employees doesn’t necessarily need to come from the current unemployed. I always had a few people with which I stayed in contact by having the occasional lunch just to touch base and keep the contact active. It isn’t necessary to make overt gestures, or even let on that this person is pegged by you as a potential future employee. It is helpful, however, to keep a list or a file of the people in your funnel so you can act quickly if they are needed.
The Epic Fail
Several years ago I had responsibility for the business office at a television station. It was a stimulating environment, and probably the most fulfilling job I ever had. However, the first few months were quite challenging. The department I came into was about as dysfunctional as I have ever seen. It contained people who had no guidance. They came and went as they pleased. When I arrived and enforced our work hours and lunch hours, there was a lot of resistance. I continued to make demands on my employees until one day not long after I arrived, the entire department quit. On the same day. Being new to the area I had made no contacts. Therefore, I was left to traditional methods to get the positions filled as quickly as possible. It wasn’t an easy task. The only reason I mention this epic fail as a manager, is to stress that these things do happen. My hope is if this happens to you, you’ll be much better prepared to handle it than I was.