Hiring your first employee is going to be one of the most stressful times in your business venture. All of the sudden, you have yourself to worry about, your business, and people that you most likely don’t even know. Some of you might decide to hire family or friends first, but even that can be a challenge along the way.
So many of you will then face problems down the line of the friend or family member you hire, taking advantage of the fact that they are close to you. But for those of you who don’t have anyone you know lined up, and you are going into this completely blind hiring someone from the public, then we are here to help.
There are so many things that you need to think about to make sure that the process goes smoothly, they settle in nicely, and you actually have a connection with the person. So, keep on reading, and we will try and help you hire your first employee perfectly.
The Basics Of Hiring Someone New
So, first of all, you really need to make sure that you are mastering the basics of hiring someone. So many business owners think it is as easy as telling someone they are hired, and setting up a desk for them. When in reality, there is so much more to it than that. You need to think about registering them as an employee so that they can pay taxes, setting them up on payroll, sorting a HR for them to go to when needed. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
There are smaller things that you need to think of. For example, if you are hiring a female, there needs to be female restrooms, and vise versa. You also need to make sure that you are honest when interviewing new employees. So many make their business sound totally wonderful, when the reality of it is so much different! You don’t want to lull them into a false sense of hope!
The Pitfalls People Fall Into
There are many pitfalls that a business owner falls into, especially one that hasn’t hired an employee before. The first, is the issues an employee can create, even if it is through a fault of your own. One common issue that we are seeing at the minute, is employees being injured at work, simply because the environment is too dangerous. A workers compensation lawyer would be involved, and you would most likely have to pay an absolute fortune to protect your business. So it might be worth getting a health and safety inspector to come in and check your business out, so that all faults are ironed out before an employee walks through your doors.
Building That Rapport
Building a rapport is so important, you really have to focus on it in the first few weeks if you want the employee to stay long term. But you also have to be careful that you are not crossing boundaries, and sticking to professionalism. But there is no harm in getting to know the person, being able to have a laugh and a joke with them, and just generally enjoying someone else working with you.