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How to Know When You’re Ready to Hire for Operations

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Whether you’re starting your own business as a real estate agent or growing to build a team, it seems that the operations of the business are almost always the last to fall into place.

Unfortunately, this can stunt your business growth drastically! As companies grow, it becomes increasingly important to have someone who can oversee the daily operations of the business. An Operations Manager is a crucial role in a company that is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the organization. This encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, including

  • overseeing logistics

  • managing staff

  • ensuring that the company is running efficiently

  • so so so much more

Today, let’s discuss some telltale signs that you may need an Operations Manager AND how to hire the right one– because let’s be honest, finding the right person is what makes all the difference.

So–How do I know it’s time?

There are several signs that your company may be ready to hire an Operations Manager:

Are You Seeing Significant Growth in Sales? If your company is growing rapidly, you may need someone to manage the increased workload and ensure that operations run smoothly.

Are You Experiencing Growth in Production Demands? As production demands increase, an Operations Manager can help manage the resources needed to meet those demands and maintain quality control– do we have everything we need? If not, how do we get it?

Have You Grown Your Team? As the number of employees grows, there may be a need for someone to manage staff and oversee the recruitment process.

Are You Running Out of Hours in the Day? If upper management is being stretched thin and cannot manage the day-to-day operations of the business, it may be time to consider hiring an Operations Manager.

What do you need?

Sometimes it’s difficult to pull the trigger and hire someone to delegate these responsibilities– because it’s YOUR business and it’s tricky to trust someone with something so important to you. Keep these things in mind as you map out the roles and responsibilities of your Operations Manager and what they should bring to the table:

Cost Savings: An Operations Manager can help identify inefficiencies and implement cost-saving measures, ultimately improving the bottom line.

Improved Efficiency: By streamlining processes and ensuring that resources are used effectively, an Operations Manager can improve efficiency and reduce waste.

Better Oversight: An Operations Manager can provide a higher level of oversight of company operations, which can lead to better decision-making and more informed strategic planning.

Finding Your Match

So you know what an Operations Manager can do for you and when it’s time to find one… but how do you make sure you’ve found the right person for your team?

First, you need to define the role outside of the individual hired: It is important to have a clear understanding of the role of the Operations Manager and the responsibilities that it entails, as well as what the standards and expectations will look like.

Then consider your specific needs and what you are looking for in an Operations Manager. Maybe your employee growth is astronomical, so this person will definitely need skills related to people management– or maybe you’ll need help ordering supplies, meaning you’ll need someone who has the ability to compare pricing and work in a detail oriented mindset. Really considering your needs will help you identify the skills and experience needed for the role.

Conduct thorough interviews to ensure that the candidate has the necessary skills and experience, as well as the right personality fit. A thorough and thoughtful interview allows for both the opportunity for the candidate and the company to adequately express what they are looking for and their plans for the future. SKLD Consulting offers services in the recruiting, hiring, onboarding and training processes if this is something that would serve you. Schedule a free consultation where we can discuss exactly what you may need:

Ultimately, an Operations Manager can provide invaluable support to growing businesses by managing day-to-day operations, identifying inefficiencies, and improving overall efficiency and profitability. Consider your specific needs and look for candidates with relevant experience and the right fit for your company culture. By hiring the right Operations Manager, you can benefit from improved efficiency, cost savings, and better oversight of your business operations.

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