Your business is on the up and you’re thinking about hiring to make the next leap. Taking on work experience staff can be a flexible and rewarding option for sales organisations of any size. The best companies have strategies in place to help them attract and retain top sales talent, and implementing an ongoing work experience programme is a key tool. Here, Richard Morris, CEO, Evans Easyspace, offers 5 reasons why work experience works:
- New energy, new ideas
New people can bring fresh ideas and energy to your business, something that is particularly important in a fast paced sales environment. New recruits in sales can offer a different perspective on existing processes and provide you with the capacity to try new things.
- Route to recruitment
Offering work experience placements to local schools and colleges can provide your business with a steady stream of talent and can help you cut-down on recruitment costs such as advertising and recruitment agency fees.
- Community kudos
Raising the profile of your company in the local community is crucial for maintaining, and building on, sales figures. Work experience placements enable you to develop positive links with schools, colleges, parents and other local businesses.
- Fast-track existing employees
Work experience placements can be a great way to develop the management and coaching skills of existing staff. The planning, recruiting and mentoring related to work experience placements can provide staff with invaluable first-hand experience, saving your business the need to invest in expensive training programmes.
- Stress test your policies
Welcoming a work experience recruit to your office and risk assessing their activities allows you to keep on top of health and safety practices and other important workplace regulations.
Of course, as your business grows, your working environment will need to adapt accordingly. Conducting operations from your kitchen table is unlikely to appeal to today’s discerning job-seekers. Happily, flexibility also extends to where you work, with professional workspace available by the hour, week, year – whatever suits your current set-up.
Thinking flexibly enables you to act swiftly and steal a march on your rivals. The competition to attract talented sales people is fierce. Forging work placement links can help you find good people quickly and cost-effectively. The trick is to sustain this stream of talent as salespeople join and progress within your organisation. And a professional, flexible workplace will help you to retain them and develop them.
By Richard Morris, CEO, Evans Easyspace, a provider of office space to rent for small to medium enterprise (SME) businesses, Evans Easyspace should be your first port of call for commercial leases as well as workshop rental. Hints and tips on hiring work experience staff.