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Your business is growing fast.

And you are overwhelmed and exhausted wearing all of the hats.

So you follow the traditional business advice that tells you to delegate. And set out to find a virtual assistant, social media manager, content creator, project manager, or online business manager, and can’t wait to offload the tasks that drain your time and energy.

You hire someone who seems to have all of the skills and experience you’re looking for. Their rates are in line with your budget so you onboard them.

And things go great for a while.

But then you start noticing they are making mistakes that you have to correct. 
Their communication starts to lag and you wait days for a response. 
Tasks are either missed or not done at all. 
They seem to be disengaged or disinterested in doing well.

And instead of finding ease, you are finding chaos. Feeling even more overwhelmed than you were before you hired your team.

There are many reasons for this, including:

  • Lack of direction
  • Poor communication
  • Lack of boundaries
  • High/unreasonable expectations
  • Poor time management
  • Lack of passion
  • Lack of acknowledgment of unique needs
  • Personal issues

And within each of those are also many layers. Their poor communication may be because they don’t feel safe coming to you with issues or asking for help. Or they may be neurodivergent and need some accommodations that they aren’t sure you may provide them with.

Ultimately, we are all humans first. We come to the table with unique skills, experience, talent, and interests. AND we also have individual and unique needs, they may be highly sensitive and have a hard time taking criticism, or they may struggle with people pleasing and don’t have strong boundaries so avoiding communication is their way of setting them.

When we build our business and team with intention we can create a culture where everyone thrives. The intention to create a psychologically safe environment, one that honors our different human needs, and looks to create a win-win for everyone. Because let’s face it when your team is thriving, so can your business.