How do I find, hire and retain self motivated employees? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Most of the solution for you will come down to finding and screening your employees.
The most difficult step these days if finding employees -- any employees at all. We're in the midst of one of the most difficult hiring markets of all time, so you need to have a top-notch recruiting game.
One of the best things you can do to get an edge is to write better job postings.
To start, do some research on what the people you need to hire want in the job. Go to Glassdoor and read reviews of other companies that hire for this job, visit online forums for people that hold this position, and take note of their particular complaints. You can get exact instructions for doing this here.
Can you counter any of these complaints?
For example, if everyone complains about the lack of paid time off, and you offer a competitive PTO package, be sure to put that in your job posting.
Now talk to your current employees and find out what it is they most like about the job, the location, their coworkers, the workspace, etc.
Put all of this in your posting, and limit your requirements to only those necessary.
This is where you try to figure out how self-motivated people are.
You can determine this in part by looking at the jobs they've held. Have they ever worked in a job where expectations are high, and supervision is low? To be successful in a job like that, you need self-motivation.
To further test them, though, I'd send out an email to all applicants asking them to answer a few questions about the job. These questions should make them think, and take a least 20 minutes of your time.
People with really low motivation won't even answer the questions. The individuals who take the time and do good work are your motivated ones. You can ask them questions about how they'd deal with everyday work tasks, and to describe a time when they've had to work with little supervision and high expectations.
If you've written an excellent job post, the best candidates will be excited about the job and won't drop out just because you ask a few questions.
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