I have had the opportunity to build and grow an outstanding web design team. Together, our team has managed to work on plenty of innovative, award-winning projects. I would like to share some of my tips and techniques for hiring, helping cultivate the skills of team members, and creating a productive team culture.
a computer, and Internet access has the capacity to learn the basics of web design. This low barrier to entry is a blessing and curse—as an employer, you have to put in a lot of time and hard work to find a gem in a pile of rhinestones. To help choose and make sure potential team members are a good fit for our design team, I use these five principles:
- Start with a More candidates, end up with a few.Don’t be afraid to screen out tens and even hundreds of resumes and work samples. Talented people are extremely rare, but they are out there. In my experience, out of about 100 people, only 2 to 3 end up being qualified.
- Look for team members who want to work for you. A person who knows nothing about your design agency, or one who doesn’t value the mission and vision of your organisation, is quite frankly not a good investment
- Don’t hire seniors and middles. it’s worth the effort to find people with potential—a newly-minted designer who might not have the experience and skills yet, but who displays the willingness to grow and learn.
- No country for the lone wolves. Every designer has to be focused on their inner-self to some extent, in order to give birth to new ideas. On the other hand, teamwork can’t happen without communication.
- Leverage your social network. his technique is rather straightforward, yet it’s drastically underestimated: When it comes to hiring, take advantage of your network, both online and offline.
Once the project is launched, we watch how the world receives it. We help plan and execute the response and changes based on the reaction we get. Every project can be fine tuned once we learn more about the audience’s dynamics.Every budding designer needs a source of inspiration, a visionary who can guide their concepts until they are bold enough to produce their own. In every trade, mentors play a major role in the making of a successful professional. An effective leader must be a catalyst for creativity and innovation.
Encourage a teamwork-friendly culture. A team is not just a group of people overseen by a person in a fancy chair. An effective team is one where everyone has each other’s backs. It’s crucial that team members don’t compete with each other but instead share their knowledge, blunders, and experience with the team. This way, they will never run short of inspiration sources, and will learn from each other’s achievements and mistakes.
So, let’s say you have found and hired some people. Your job isn’t done, it has just begun. Here’s my advice for cultivating the skills of your team members and helping them flourish in their roles.