When you open a new business on the market, you need to think carefully about who you choose to hire. Ideally, you want the employees in your company to have the knowledge and experience necessary to take your company to the next level. It’s true to say that if you hire the right employees in your business, they could ultimately evolve your company model. Eventually, you might start to see employees as the life force of your business. With them, the company will be ready to take the market by storm.
That said, there are also issues that you can run into when hiring employees. You may fall into legal pitfalls, and you could choose the wrong team for your staff. That’s why it’s important to think about how we can get the right members for your business from the beginning.
Filling The Pool
When you first seek out an individual to fill a position that you have in your business, you will be working with a pool of applicants. But where did these applicants come from? That’s an important question because if you’re not fishing in the right pool, you’re already at a disadvantage. This is why you should be using a recruitment agency. A recruitment agency will fill your pool with the best of the best. They will only represent the top workers that you want in your company. People with the talent and ambition to make your business a massive success is what you are essentially looking for. A recruitment agency can help you find it.
However, we do suggest you avoid agents that use automated software. A lot of recruiters are now using automated tech to check whether a candidate is suitable. It’s a problem for quite an office reason. This type of tech could miss out the little USPs that make a candidate truly special. But of course, those details could be missed anyway. On average, a CV will be looked at for less than one minute before deciding whether that candidate gets an interview.
You have to be careful about who you choose to recruit and even interview for a job position. The most basic example of this is friends and members of the family. If you are recruiting or hiring members of the family to work for you, you better make sure they are the best people for the job. Otherwise, it’s nepotism, and it’s not just frowned upon. It could result in legal issues for both you and your business. This isn’t the only legal problem you can face either.
You can only hire a worker based on their ability to complete the job and their past experience. You can not hire based on age, race, gender, looks or cultural identity. Although, you may be able to argue that in some cases things like looks and identity are part of the job requirements. However the cases where this argument is accepted are rare and grow fewer with each passing year.
This is one of the reasons why you should take employment law training. Through employment law training you can learn about the boundaries of who you can and can’t hire. By doing this, you’ll be able to avoid any potential legal issues that could arise.
Remember the sixty seconds recruiters will spend looking at a CV? Well, research suggests that you will hire a candidate in your mind five minutes after meeting them. What exactly are you basing this decision on? Arguably the first impression and what kind of feeling that this particular candidate gives you. If you think that this isn’t enough evidence to support a hire, you’re right. But, first impressions are still important and could even be considered crucial. After all, a first impression will determine whether or not you get on with this particular candidate. Or, whether you think they would fit well in your business.
Still, even if they do generate a fantastic first impression, you still need to pay attention. It’s true to say that some candidates are fantastic at bluffing their way through an interview. They’ll say all the right things but when faced with the actual job, they won’t know where to start. Other candidates are hopeless in interviews and could still be perfect for the position. How can you make sure that you make the right choice when hiring a candidate? Well, you can make the atmosphere in the interview as relaxed as possible. Obviously for some positions, candidates must be able to function under pressure. But if that’s not part of the job description, don’t push them into a position where they feel stressed. Do this and they will deliver a poor performance.
A lot of interviews these days include a hands-on approach. In this hands-on situation, business owners tend to find the employee that really shines. Not just when completing questions on hypothetical scenarios but rather in a real work environment.
There are a few other considerations you should make when choosing who to hire for your business. First, it’s worth pointing out that in general diverse businesses are more successful than others on the market. The difference in rates of success is approximately 43 percent. This shows that you should encourage people with different ideologies to join your company.
You should also consider hiring freelancers for positions rather than full time workers. Full-time workers mean a lot of responsibility for you as a business owner. If you hire a freelancer, you will have to pay them for the job they complete, and that’s it. It could cut costs in your business right down. A lot of businesses are now relying on freelance staff rather than permanent contracts.
Finally, you need to think about USPs. You might find that employees have experience that at first doesn’t seem relevant to the position on offer. By, by looking a little more closely you will see it adds to what they have to offer. It could make them exactly what you need.
If you feel as though you aren’t bringing in the right employees, you must figure out exactly why. For example, it may not necessarily be an issue in your hiring practices but rather within the company culture itself. The best employees will want to work for the companies that demonstrably value their work and present them with opportunities for growth and development. If it is not immediately clear that you offer this, then that could be the reason as to why you aren’t receiving as many stellar applications as you’d like.
In short, you need to find a variety of ways to show employees why you are a great company to work with. One way you could do this (in addition to fair pay and general career support) is to provide them with a range of bonuses. This could include providing them with access to quality Company Swag or other attractive ‘freebies.’ While many people believe that company swag is only useful for promotional purposes, it can also be used to make your employees’ day to day life easier. For example, you can provide them with the tools they need to work comfortably remotely – such as desktop sets, organizational tools, and new tech gadgets. Alternatively, you could provide them with free products that help them relax and unwind outside of work hours – focusing on products you know they would actually use and enjoy. Ensuring that you add branding to these products also means they serve a dual purpose, as your employees will be advertising your company whenever they are in use.