One of the toughest decisions Small Business Owners face is the hiring of new employees. While there could be several people looking for work, hiring the right staff for your business can be a tricky and it can sometimes be a stressful process for your business. Here are a couple of ways to ensure you get the right fit for your business: 1. Find Someone who is Compatible: As you are often the centre of your business it is important to find an individual you are compatible with. The right employee is someone with whom you can communicate easily, will get on well with your staff and has the requisite skills to perform the job at hand. Here, a checklist of skills and qualities will aid you in coming to the right decision. Be sure to screen your prospective employees before you agree to meet them. Social Media can be an excellent way to do this. Discover how to use social media as a background check in this previous post. 2. Compensation: It is essential to define what compensation you can offer prospective employees. This could be a deal breaker in many cases so determine how much you can afford and factor your employees into your business plan. Ensure that you also designate an extra amount aside if you do find the perfect employee who is extraordinary but out of your budget. 3. Advertise through the Right Channels: While it may be the simplest thing to do to update a post on a job search website, you are, more likely than not going to be bombarded with 100s of emails that will take you hours to sift through. What could work better for your business is to hire through referrals. Find out if your friends or family members, who are already familiar with your business, know anyone they could recommend for you to interview. It is also important for you to properly define the job description of the position you want to fill. This will ensure that you and the candidates you are interviewing have clarity on the job role. 4. Look for Small Business Credentials: This is possibly the most important criteria to follow. Bigger is not always better and this is especially true when you are searching for employees for your business. Find employees who have previously worked at small businesses as they will have a better understanding of what goes into a successful small business. A good idea would be to visit colleges and job fairs to find those that are interested in job opportunities beyond the traditional corporate structure and are looking to learn several different aspects of managing a business. 5. Commitment Matters: As a small business owner you cannot afford to go through the hiring process again and again and have a high turnover of employees. Therefore it is extremely important that you find an individual who can commit to your organization and is unlikely to leave you in 6 months or a year. A person’s previous track record of jobs can help you get an indication of their commitment to their career. Ensure that you speak to the candidates’ references and also check the veracity of their claims as it relates to their previous employment.
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