5 Crucial Signs That It’s Time To Recruit

We are often contacted by clients who are considering whether to start the hiring process, and want to find out more about the current recruitment market and the potential costs involved.

Our clients range from people who set up their own business who are teetering on the brink of taking on their first employee to those who already have a large team and are wondering whether to expand further.

Having been there as a small independent business ourselves, and whatever your own situation, we know that it may feel like another brave step to take and one which always does attract an element of risk. So how do you know when the time is right to recruit?

What are the signs you’re ready to recruit?

Recruiting can be overwhelming. It’s important to know when your business is ready for that next step so that you are invested in the process, but what are the signs that you’re really ready?

1. Work-life balance is disappearing

If you are finding that your working days are starting earlier or finishing later, or if you are even squeezing work into your weekends and dare I say it, holiday time, then you are probably trying to cope with a work load that is too much for you.

You may also find that you can’t go a few hours without checking work emails and might be frequently taking calls when you are supposed to be having some down time.  If you haven’t noticed this, those around you might have and there could come a point in time soon when your very understanding and patient friends and family will want to throw your smartphone into a nearby river!

2. A growing inbox

It’s often great news to have a busy inbox, especially if it’s full to the brim with enquiries from potential new customers or clients. However, responding to and clearing emails can sometimes feel like a relentless task. By the time you’ve dealt with one, sometimes another five have already arrived to replace it.

If you’ve noticed that this is increasingly the case, and you are struggling to provide timely responses and maintain efficient service levels, now could be the time to cry for help.

3. Your team is maxed out

Another tell-tale sign that the time has come to add to your growing business is when the team you already have are reaching their tipping point.  If you’ve noticed that work isn’t being completed, despite everyone working hard (and smart), and you are sensing stress and feelings of unrest among your staff, it may be that the workload has outgrown them.

4. Your targets are increasingly unreachable

If you have a clear understanding of the activity levels required to achieve your given target, and your team could not physically do any more to increase their output, the message is clear that the only way you can achieve growth in your numbers is to bring in new talent.

5. You are compromising on quality

Your marketing and sales funnels are working successfully, the orders keep coming and the clients can’t wait.  You need to fulfil your promises in a timely way but in doing so under the pressure of an increased workload, is the quality of your process being compromised?

Is compliance, standards or service slipping in order to keep things going?  Beware; the cost attached to getting something wrong could far outweigh the investment of increasing your head count.

Let Vanilla help you get there

It is always best to be well prepared in business for anything that you want to do, and recruitment is no exception. Don’t wait until you are at breaking point before you decide to look, especially as occasionally it may take a little time to find the perfect candidate.

Here at Vanilla, we are always prepared and ready to recruit. We enjoy helping our clients grow and thrive through the addition of skilled new team members.

If you’ve read these signs and agree that you are starting to fall into these categories then it’s time for us to talk.

Vanilla can help you:

  • Get back your work/life balance
  • Manage your inbox effectively
  • Give your team some breathing space
  • Reach your targets
  • Stop compromising on quality

Recruiting with us is simple and painless

We are proud to be an independent recruitment agency because it gives us the flexibility to form a true partnership with you. Across our five niche recruitment specialisms, our unified team are committed to getting you the results you need.

We are experts in matching the right candidates with the right businesses. We will work hard to understand your culture, needs and requirements, and we will only send you candidate details if we see a real fit being possible.

So, if you are looking for great talent across any of our specialisms within the East Midlands, please fill in the form below and we’ll get back to you straight away. Alternatively get in touch with us on 01858 898 058 or email hello@vanillarecruitment.co.uk to discuss your recruitment needs.

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We recruit throughout the East Midlands covering Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and the surrounding areas, especially Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Leicester, Corby and Kettering. We help people find their perfect job and match suitable job seekers with businesses looking to hire the best candidates across our five specialisms – SalesMarketingAccountancy & FinanceHR and Office