6 Things to Consider When Selecting Your Teamates
1) Team Members’ Qualities:
Team members have to possess certain qualities which are essential for success. These include, but are not limited to; motivation, commitment, communication skills, teamwork skills and ability to handle stress. They must also be able to meet deadlines and complete tasks within the time frame set by the client or business owner. A successful team will always have people with different talents and abilities working together. There is no one right way of doing things.
You need to think about your own strengths and weaknesses and then select the most suitable person for your needs.
2) Team Member’s Training:
The training of team members is very important. They must be trained properly before they start working on projects. This includes, but is not limited to; safety procedures, company policies, project management system etc. Some companies may require that all team members go through some sort of training program prior to starting their first job at the company.
3) Team Member’s Personality:
You might want to hire someone who is outgoing, friendly, sociable, extroverted or introvert. All these terms mean the same thing. People vary in personality traits and it is important to understand them before hiring a team member. If you don’t know your employees’ personalities well enough then you won’t be able to get along with them and will probably end up having problems with them during the course of working together.
4) Team Member’s Interpersonal Qualities:
How well does your employee get along with others? Are they able to communicate with others in a professional manner? Do they have any ongoing personal problems that could potentially interfere with work?
If you suspect that an employee might be having a problem at home, such as a divorce or some other family issue, then they need to let you know immediately so that you can help them deal with the problem. If they are not able to do their work due to personal problems then this needs to be addressed immediately as well.
5) Team Member’s Experience:
Of course, experience is very important when it comes to hiring a team member. You want someone who is accomplished at what they do. Of course, you don’t want someone with so much experience that they are set in their ways and unwilling to try new things. There is a fine line between the two. You also want someone who is a fast learner.
6) Team Member’s Technical Skills:
Technical skills are the most important quality that you want in a team member. Of course, this all depends on the type of projects that your company deals with on a regular basis. For instance, if you are in software development, then you’re going to want employees who know how to code in different programming languages.
7) Team Leader’s Qualities:
Do you want to be a manager or leader, or do you prefer someone who takes charge of situations?
A good leader can get the job done without having to do all the work him or herself. This is important if you find yourself becoming swamped with work. You may have employees who are more than willing to help get a project completed.
Of course, if you prefer to do the leading yourself then that’s fine as well. In this case, you’re probably going to want to find someone who is technically skilled but not so much so that they can do your job better than you can. You still want the credit for getting projects done.
So there you have it, 7 qualities that you want in a employee or team member. Of course, sometimes these qualities don’t always exist in one person. It’s rare to find this combination in a person, but if you do, then you’re probably in the right place at the right time. Most of the time, you’re going to have to make compromises when it comes to hiring employees or team members.
Your company is only as strong as its weakest team member so make sure that you put some effort into selecting the best people for your organization.
You also need to remember that you can’t please everyone. Even if you try your best to keep your employees happy there’s always going to be at least one who isn’t satisfied with what you have to offer.
It’s unfortunate but it’s a reality of the business world. Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy about something. You can’t let these people drag you down. You need to stay positive and keep moving forward.
Always strive to improve the company that you’ve worked so hard to build!
Best of luck and remember, it’s 5/5/5!
Greg Simpson’s Tips For A Successful Business #3
This is an important factor when running a business. You need to make sure that you’re spending your time in ways that are most beneficial to your company. It would be a complete waste of time if you were doing something that didn’t help your business in any way.
At the same time, you shouldn’t be doing the same thing over and over again because you’re too bored with your job. It’s important to keep things challenging for yourself. Make sure you’re engaging in activities that keep your brain working. Stay on top of current events within your company and outside of it as well.
If you’re having a hard time finding things to do, then try to plan ahead. Choose a certain day of the week where you do all of your homework and assign specific hours for different tasks that need to be done on a regular basis.
For example, if you have to fill out certain reports every month, all you have to do is write them and schedule them for a particular time every month on your calendar.
If you’re an active person then try to fit some exercise into your daily routine. Go for a run in the morning or go to the gym after work. You’ll feel much better as well as keeping your body in shape.
It’s important to know when to take a break as well. When you get too burned out from work, you won’t be functioning at full capacity and might end up getting things done much slower than usual.
Taking regular breaks is not only good for your mind, but it’s good for your body as well.
An important thing to remember is that your company does not consist of just you, it consists of a team. Each member plays an important role in helping your company succeed whether they’re the president or the secretary.
Whether you get along with everyone or not is irrelevant. What matters is that everyone in your company is treated with respect. Sometimes you may come across someone who is very difficult to work with.
Your main goal in this situation is to make sure everyone is working together as a team and making the process as easy as possible for everyone. If there’s truly a problem that you can’t work out with someone, it’s best to speak to someone higher up than to try to resolve the issue on your own.
3) Keep Moving Forward:
No matter what happens, you need to keep moving forward. There will always be bumps in the road to slow you down, but as long as you focus on the ultimate goal and what needs to be done then you’ll be fine.
There will be times where you’ll have to make sacrifices and cuts in order to keep your company afloat. This could mean laying off employees, cutting back hours or stopping production on certain items. It really just depends on the situation.
However, you shouldn’t let problems build up to the point where they’re unmanageable. If you start to see red flags, make a change before things get worse.
Overall, you need to keep a positive attitude as well as keeping a clear head. Staying optimistic is one of the keys to being successful in business as well as in life.
Whether you’re starting your first business or your fifth, the tips listed above should at least get you headed in the right direction.
Remember, there is no exact right or wrong way on how to manage a company. What works for one company may not work for another. Use your best judgment when deciding what changes need to be made.
Best of luck!
The road to success can be a long and winding one. It’s not always a smooth ride, but it’s important to enjoy the scenery as you go along.
Keep your spirits up and remember why you started your own business in the first place.
Page last updated: 09/12/2018
“It’s not about the equipment you have, it’s about how you use it.”
The equipment you start off with is going to vary depending on your previous career choice. For example: a boxer is going to have access to gloves, shorts and other related gear. Whereas a secretary is only going to have a stapler and a few pens.
No matter what the starting equipment is, it’s going to need to be maintained. Doing so will not only keep it in good condition, but it’ll also increase its resale value should you ever decide to part ways with your current career path.
However, some items you start off with may have sentimental value and therefore are not worth very much (if at all) to anyone else. The only person who’d want them is you.
For example: if you start off as a professional wrestler, you’re going to have a pair of boots and kneepads. They’re not the nicest looking pair boots and they certainly aren’t the most comfortable either. However, you wore them during your first match and all of your fellow teammates made fun of how funny you looked in them. You end up keeping them just so those jerks would laugh at you and not anyone else.
However, your starting equipment is going to play a vital role in your success. Some of it may even be essential.
For example: if you start off as a lumberjack, then good quality work gloves are essential, especially if you plan on doing any actual physical labor. However, if you’re starting out as a public speaker, then the latest in computer technology would be more important.
Regardless of what you start off with, you need to learn how to maintain whatever it is that you own. If you don’t, then you’ll be stuck with damaged or even unusable items if/when you do try to use them.
For each item in your possession, there are three stages of wear and tear: Good, Broken and Obsolete. Each stage provides an indication of the item’s current status as well as a button to perform maintenance on the item.
Good: The item is in working condition and at 100% performance.
Broken: The item is damaged and not working properly. It may or may not be fixable, but either way it needs immediate maintenance.
OBSOLETE: This item has fallen out of general use and is no longer supported with replacement parts, if it breaks you’re going to have to get a custom part made specifically for it.
Each item also falls into one of three categories: Common, Uncommon and Rare.
Common: You can find this item in general supply around the station.
Uncommon: You can find the item in general supply around the station, but only rarely.
Rare: This is an uncommon or even rare item that you’ll have to search really well to find.
Items often fall into more than one category. For example: Firefighter gear is uncommon and can be found in the supply room, however it’s also a common item used by non-firefighter personnel as well.
To perform maintenance on an item, click and drag it onto yourself or someone else to see if you can fix it (if you have the skills), otherwise drag it onto an applicable object to try to fix it with that. For example: you can try to fix a pair of broken glasses with a hammer.
Clicking on an item will tell you anything you might need to know about that specific item, what it’s called, how to use it, its general condition, if it’s functioning properly or not and if it’s fixed or broken.
You may also ask others about items you don’t know about yet, though this information may not always be up to date as not everyone updates their profiles. (This is also a good way of finding items you can actually use!)
As time goes on, you’ll find that the information on your profile starts to fall behind. You’ll have to improvise and make do with whatever you have on hand. And some items will become completely useless as the station changes, such as certain tools in the mining armory when the armory itself is decommissioned.
Good luck, and try to survive.
Oh and one more thing, make sure to have fun!
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