Running a business with other people can be tough, especially when it comes with disagreements over key operational decisions such as hiring additional staff members. If you know your company would benefit from taking on new people but are experiencing resistance from one of your partners, it's your job to demonstrate why it makes good business sense to recruit more workers.
Point out that at current staff levels, your company is unable to keep pace with customer demand. Explain to your partner that existing customers are being kept waiting while potential new ones are being turned away. Explain that you're frequently having to extend deadlines and regularly have to pay for your existing staff to work overtime.
Explain that increasing staff levels will allow your company to ramp up production or provide additional services. Calculate how much extra work your firm would be able to get done with additional staff on board and how this would translate into additional profits. If you can demonstrate that the payback for taking on extra workers would exceed the cost, you'll be able to argue that doing so is a no-brainer.
Examine the goods or services your company sells. If you can demonstrate a marked deterioration in their quality since you've been experiencing staffing pressures, you'll be able to argue that failing to take on new workers could damage your firm's reputation. Take a look at the number of customer complaints you've received since you've felt new employees were needed.
Discuss the fact that your company's workload could be having an adverse effect on your existing employees. There's a chance your current workers' morale could drop if they're being forced to work harder and put in more overtime to meet increasing business demands. Low worker morale can lead to absenteeism and increased employee churn. If your existing workers start deserting you, your company will only have to pay to recruit and train new ones.