Hiring Decisions

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Do you have an established “system” for hiring your employees? Have you carefully determined the criteria you require?

Hiring quality employees is essential for business prosperity. Studies have shown it is considerably cheaper to hire the right people than it is to replace the wrong ones. In a previous post, I shared that those times when I have hired based on perceived skills, background and education, I have almost always fired on the basis of character – or the lack of it. So how do you hire the right employees?

Larry Burkett, in Business by the Book, suggests the following:

  • Define the Job Clearly. In order to hire the right people, it is necessary that jobs be well defined.
  • Hire the Best Person for the Job. Most small businesses seldom hire the best person. Instead, they hire someone who is available. (1)
  • Match the Person to the Job. Utilize a personality test to help hire properly. A small investment of time and money will provide a huge return on your investment. Use it with all potential employees in your organization. The best employees are those whose jobs match their basic personalities. Here’s a couple options:
  • Make Hiring Policy Decisions. Make some basic policy decisions ahead of time. In the hiring process, the only criteria that should be used are whether the person can do the job and follow the rules established for all employees.
  • Establish a Trial Period. I suggest a 90-day trial period for new employees, during which the employee can be evaluated for job performance and compatibility.
  • Pray. Spend time in prayer with your key staff and ask God to bring the right people and then give you the assurance that the people match the available jobs.

Ultimately, a well-thought-out hiring process will save you many headaches and heartaches and will enable you to have the teammates you need to achieve your vision. If you would like to learn more about 12 Steps to a Proper Hire or how a part-time, virtual CFO can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at commonsensecfo@yahoo.com or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

(1) Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. Proverbs 22:29 (NLT)

Financial Priorities

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Basically, this comes down to who gets paid first when cash gets tight.  Here’s how I believe Scripture instructs us to prioritize:

  • Priority 1:  Pay Suppliers.  Without a doubt, those who provide materials on credit have the first right to any available income from a business. (1) Since they have provided the materials, they have already invested their time and money, and they hold the position of highest honor, financial speaking. (2) If you know something you are doing is wrong and persist in it, God will not listen.   (3)
  • Priority 2:  Pay Employees.  Once the creditors are paid, the next priority is to pay the employees what is due them.  This is contrary to common business practice. (4) More often than not, the owner or manager of a business can better afford to lose a paycheck than the employees can.
  • Priority 3:  Meet owner’s needs.  Once you are sure that the creditors have been paid and the employees have received their due compensation, then the owner or manager should pay their portion.  The critical decision in this and other matters becomes whether to obey God’s Word or to adopt the common practices of society

Business planning is essential for business prosperity.  Businesses, like people, don’t plan to fail – they fail to plan.  If you would like to learn more about business planning from a biblical perspective or how I can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at commonsensecfo@yahoo.com or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

(1) The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth. Proverbs 12:22 (NLT)

(2) Do not withhold good [payment] from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. Proverbs 3:27 (NKJV) (emphasis added)

(3) If I regard iniquity in my heart,The Lord will not hear. Psalms 66:18 (NKJV)

(4) Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)