If you aren’t currently using SAP products to empower your business, you will be soon enough: in 2017, SAP had a 26.6 percent share in the supply chain management market and a 19 percent share of the enterprise resource planning market in 2016. That also means that you will need staff who are specially trained and proficient with these tools. So that’s where things get tricky. Fortunately, NewConfig can help!

You don’t need to search blindly for SAP-fluent employees. NewConfig knows how difficult the search can be, which is why we’ve specialized in connecting businesses in need with the right candidates for the job—candidates just as knowledgeable in SAP as the man himself, Bill McDermott, SAP CEO.

For three straight years since 2016, Bill McDermott has been one of Glassdoor’s highest-rated CEOs. He knows a thing or two about hiring. Looking over his work, we’ve identified three outstanding pieces of advice he’s given that, if followed, will help you find the talent you need to move your business forward.

Find People Who Care

In his book Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office, The SAP CEO wrote, “If a vision is not supported by the workforce, even the most brilliant ideas risk being nothing more than light bulbs in a basket.”

However, a workforce that doesn’t buy into your vision isn’t just ineffectual—it’s harmful. According to Gallup, an actively disengaged employee will cost their organization $3,400 for every $10,000 of salary, or 34 percent. That means that an actively disengaged employee who makes $70,000 a year costs their company $23,800 a year. At NewConfig, our priority is to make sure that does not happen to our clients.

That’s not to say that companies are turning away good employees and hiring bad ones. In reality, the goods ones aren’t applying for the positions being posted. Most companies just don’t know how to advertise themselves in a way that attracts top-tier talent, which brings us to our next point.

Focus on What You Do Best

“Believe in yourself. Have self-confidence. And focus on the things that you’re uniquely good at,” Bill McDermott told Connect Corporate in 2015. “Don’t do the things you don’t do so well, at all. Let’s get someone else to do that. Surround yourself with people that are better than you and experts in what they do.”

Hopefully, you’ve already identified what you and your company do well: it is the service that you provide to your clients. Sometimes, though, it is difficult to admit your weaknesses, especially when it comes to fundamental business practices. Practices like hiring.

You don’t need to become an expert headhunter to help your company thrive. Like the SAP CEO, Bill McDermott said, surround yourself with people who are experts. For example, NewConfig is the rare recruitment company that understands SAP products and the talent necessary to work with them. Rather than recruit the unemployed or those looking for a career change, we maintain a database of top-tier professionals who are happily employed but wouldn’t be opposed to new opportunities when they arise. When you partner with NewConfig, we can take care of the arduous process of hiring your next SAP superstar while you focus on your business, knowing that you’ll be getting qualified talent to help you along.

Practice and Encourage Empathy

“Successful salespeople and respected leaders know how to empathize,” McDermott told Forbes in 2015. “Whether selling or leading, you must put yourself in other people’s shoes, understand their needs, care about what pains them, and do all you can to solve their problems.”

NewConfig interviews each candidate with the hope of finding not only the right skill set but the right character match as well. We favor integrity, intelligence, and humility. With NewConfig as your partner, you can rest assured that you, your existing team, and any potential new hires will be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

Allowing NewConfig to be a part of your team will give you access to our network of SAP connections and assure you that you are hiring not only the required skill set but a great match for your company culture and working environment. Contact us today!