Counselor Answers: How Can A Company Get The Best Employees?

I have been working for the same company for a couple of years now. I had seen many of my coworkers come and go after three months or so because they turned out to be unfit for the kind of job they applied for.

What’s the big idea, you might ask?

Some of them thought that it was easy to become a marketing strategy editor. I attended introductory meetings with those new employees, and they expressed that their trial tests were too easy. One of them was even smug enough to say, “I hope to be challenged soon.” Inwardly, I was like, “Chill, big guy. You’ll see a real challenge in no time.” And after a short while, I just learned that that guy got dismissed because he could not keep up with the rest of us.

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Meanwhile, the bosses also gave a shot to people with completely different job experiences to bring out their natural talents. The issue, however, was that they did not set any bar at all, so they ended up hiring individuals who did not have a single clue about what they must do, no matter how many hours of training they had.

In the end, I became the only full-time marketing editor in the company, while the others were all part-timers.

The Bosses’ Big Decision

My direct superior, the head of sales and marketing, called me to his office one day for a meeting. I did a mental check on the things that I did the last few days and could not remember one issue, so I thought that was not why I was hailed. When I sat down, he asked how I was doing with my work, if it was difficult, etc.

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“The actual job per se was not difficult. I loved a good challenge, after all. The problem was that there was just an inhuman amount of projects thrown my way at this time because I’m the only full-time marketing editor right now. But other than that, it’s all good,” I replied.

My boss nodded thoughtfully. He said, “I understand. Even I am having issues from my end because of the backlog, which is not your fault. It would be nice if we could have new editors to support you.”

“I agree,” I uttered.

“My counselor gave me something to ponder on when I met her last week. She told me that one possible reason why our editors could not last was that we allowed the HR team to train them, even though they did not know the full extent of the job. Hence, I would like to appoint you as the new supervisor of the marketing editor team. Is that something that you would like to do?”

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“Oh, wow,” was all I could say. We already had managers, so I did not expect to get a promotion anytime soon. Granted, the supervisor role was a cross between my current job and the manager’s job, but it was still a promotion, so I immediately said yes when I got over my shock.

How I Did With My New Post

There was that initial doubt about my ability to become a great mentor for the new editors. After all, I had never taken on such a responsibility ever in my life. However, my project managers gave me their support and told me that there was nothing to worry about because I was the best person for that role, so I tried to remember that when I was already training the newbies.

Was it easy? I could not say that it was because the people that I trained had different skills. Some of them used to be book editors, while others were writers. But none of them experienced being a marketing editor in the past, so they all went through baby steps for a couple of weeks.

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Was I harsh on them? Of course not – I was even joking with them. However, it became clear to those people that their jobs hinged on my approval when I started correcting their work without leaving any stone unturned. That made some of them straighten up and listen to me because they understood that I was an expert and freely shared my knowledge with them. You could hardly find that kind of trait in other successful people.

My Efforts’ Impact On The Company

My recruits turned out to be assets in the company. They followed my tips and instructions, and their works were almost as flawless as mine. We managed to hold on to most of them for at least a year. It was typically because of a personal reason and not because they got sacked if anyone ever left.

When I saw my boss again, he commended me for a job well done. I said, “Perhaps we should thank your counselor instead. If she didn’t point out that we need a subject-matter expert as a supervisor/trainer, we might not have thought of this.”

3 Things Hardworking Entrepreneurs Can Do To Boost Your Mental Health

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I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur. When I was young, all the kids in our neighborhood would open a lemonade stand in front of their houses, including me. But only my stand would be able to stay open until the end of summer because the other sellers loved my juice more than theirs. Instead of working part-time at the yogurt shop or skating rink in middle and high school, I was at home, creating fancy bracelets and earrings that I could sell to my schoolmates. 

I did not pursue Business Management in college because I believed that I had innate entrepreneurial skills. Instead, I studied marketing and advertising – the two aspects that I would need to kick my business idea off the ground. I was still feeling optimistic about it; in truth, by the time I hit my last semester, I could barely wait to get my diploma and start the coffee shop that I had in mind.

Being An Entrepreneur 

So, the day after my graduation, I went around the city on my bike to scout for the best area to erect my business. After a few hours of strolling, I found ideal locations, yes. But the problem was that there were already coffee shops in those areas. I was not the type to pull customers away from other local businesses, so I had to go to the next city, assuming it was the biggest hurdle in my venture.

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Before the construction of my coffee shop begun, I already promised myself that I would be hands-on in everything. I would design the interior, pick the beans to brew, buy the machines, create the logos and ads, and interview my future employees. It was a great plan until I realized that all these tasks were too much for one person. 

Despite that, I remained stubborn and did not ask for help from anyone. The closer I got to launching my coffee shop, the less sleep I got since I had to ensure that everything was ready. It came to a point where I forced myself to stay awake by rubbing peppermint oil under my nose and eyes. It hurt a little, but it did the job.

After the launch, though, I was already mentally drained.

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Boosting An Entrepreneur’s Mental Health 

I honestly thought of selling my coffee shop as soon as it opened because of my mental and physical exhaustion. While I was proud of what I did, I did not think it was sustainable health-wise. I could not keep working day and night without expecting that my body would not give up on me after a while. Thus, I decided to do three things to boost my mental health.

Take A Day Off (Or At Least Half Of It)

When I felt drained, I made a rash decision to leave the coffee shop at noon. Luckily, it was a slow weekday, so my two waitresses and cashier could hold the fort during my absence.

Where did I go? I went straight to a spa center to get an aromatherapy massage. I needed a masseuse to work out all the kinks and knots formed all over my body after weeks of having almost no rest.

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Once the heavenly massage was over, I went to my favorite buffet restaurant and wolfed down three food plates. I did not care about the weird looks that others gave me, probably wondering how a small woman could eat that much. Then, I slept for 11 hours that night.

Hire A Manager

Feeling refreshed, I went to work the next morning. I decided to put up a newspaper ad for a manager who could handle the coffee shop’s daily activities. This way, I could stay in my office to check the accounting books, talk to suppliers, and think of my next business venture.

Hiring a manager was the best idea I had by far as it took a significant amount of weight off my shoulders. I no longer had to go to work early or go home late at night. I could trust the new manager to keep the other staff in line, too. 

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Maintain A Schedule

Another issue I had at the beginning was that everything seemed to happen at once. I had to call my bean suppliers, buy the cups and saucers, talk to the contractor, and simultaneously keep the place in order. As mentioned above, I could not even afford to sleep.

When I hired a manager, though, I found the time to create a schedule. For instance, I would catch up with the suppliers once a week, check my to-go cups and buy new ones if need be every Sunday, and see all the receipts accumulated the previous day the next morning. It was an incredible schedule that allowed me to get a few hours off for myself.

Final Thoughts

I realized that any kind of business required hard work and dedication. I was too quick to assume that opening a coffee shop was easy-peasy, but I got schooled immediately. I would not have survived the first couple of months if I did not think of doing the three things mentioned above to boost my mental health.