"You Can Get What You Want And Need"!
Do you ever feel torn between what you want and what you need? Is one more important than the other? When you're Choosing the Right Employee, can you really have both?
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* Job security, employee benefits, employee management, employee satisfaction, salary negotiating, choosing employees, workplace rights, workers rights, employee benefit plans, hiring employees, finding good employees, benefits for workers, selecting good employees, finding skilled workers, small business and MORE!
* Understanding the difference between wants and needs
* Understanding how your wants affect your success
* Understanding how your needs affect your success
* Understanding how you can have the best of both
Discover how successful businesses get the good people they want and need!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines want as "to feel or suffer the need of ". It defines need as "a condition requiring supply or relief".
At first it may not sound like it but, there are differences between want and need.
Psychology textbooks define a need as "an internal state, which directs behavior".
What this means is we do things because of what we feel inside. Taking deep breaths, sleeping for at least 6 hours and eating because we're hungry are good examples.
There is "inherent" need, that which is established or is an essential part of something.
What this means is we have needs that are so much a part of us we can't do without them. Breathing, sleeping and eating are good examples.
Then there is "acquired" want, that which is learned from experience. What this means is that we have learned to like something and we want it all the time, or at least as often as possible. Learning breathing exercises to control our overall state, sleeping for 14 hours and over eating are good examples.
A want is not necessarily a need ...
It's a matter of degree ...
When Choosing the Right Employee, what you need doesn't mean you'll get what you want. Certainly need is going to be more important, but there's nothing wrong with at least trying to get what you want as well.
Do your homework!
Research the background of people you're thinking about hiring. Find out everything you can about each one of them before you begin interviewing. This will help you to connect with people who do come as close as possible to satisfying your wants as well as your needs.
Draw up a list of what you need from an employee. Now draw up a list of what you want. Keep these lists handy when you're interviewing.
* At least some education and/or experience and/or training
* People who follow instructions
* Quick learners
* People who can work well with you and others
* People who will improve business
Just from this short list you can begin to see how getting what you need from a person is quite different from getting what you want ...
Be honest with yourself first.
Really look at the position you're offering. Think about what you want from this position. Think about what it will take for the person in this position to make it happen.
Then think about what you need, (have to have), from this position and what that will take for a person to make that happen.
Now look at the differences.
This will help you decide what you can accept from a new employee to fill the position.
Then be honest with all of the people who apply for the position.
Tell them what you want from the position and what they can do to make it happen. But also make it clear what you absolutely need, (have to have) if they want the position.
This way there is a clear understanding from the very beginning of your working relationship. You and they will both know what's possible but most importantly, what the "bottom line" is.
The attention you pay now to detail will only benefit your business far into the future!
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