When it comes to hiring staff where do you start? Do you lean on your network, Place your own ads online or do you engage an agency?

Laying the foundation for a successful hire

There’s another way to go and it’s the path of patience and introspection. The early steps involve writing a detailed position description and induction plan. Without these items being set as the foundation of a successful career with your firm, you run the risk of a poor hiring and induction experience that can lead to you needing to go through the whole hiring cycle again.

At this point I bet some or all of these thoughts have been running through your mind;
“I’ve never had to do this before”, “I don’t have the time” or “a desk and chair should be enough for anybody to get started.” If you can relate to these statements I ask you to think about why people have left your firm recently and what you could have done differently. Most of the time there are controllable factors that prevent staff turnover.

Wouldn’t we all prefer to avoid the inefficiency and financial cost of having to hire and rehire? Putting the time in at the start of the process to define the role, the skills required, the personality type to complement your culture will go a long way towards this. Coupled with an induction plan that is deliberate, thorough and allows for time to be invested at the beginning of a new hire’s journey with you will lead to greater staff satisfaction and tenure.

Need help?

If you don’t know where to start, there are many resources online to assist. If you need more help but don’t have the time, lean on your HR consultants, your chosen recruitment partner or even a person in your firm that has a keen interest in coaching and development.

Once you have laid the foundation you can then move onto the next question of “who can help me source great staff?”. The better you understand and can explain the foundation of the role the better others will be able to assist you with finding talented people. One step further down the path of increased staff tenure, enjoyment and productivity.

About the author; Alex Antal is the owner of Antal Consulting. He has over 11 years of experience working with law firms to solve efficiency problems.  Alex can be contacted via email, alex@antalconsulting.com.au or Mobile, 0404 730 590.

About Antal Consulting; Antal consulting is a Management Consulting Firm that helps firms achieve unique staffing and business development goals. Servicing Australia and Asia, our experts in the legal industry will partner with your business to deliver tailor-made practical solutions, fast. We support numerous clients, varying from small/medium sized law firms to large legal technology providers.