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What You Need To Know As A First Time Employer

If you’re starting your first business and it’s your first time having to hire employees, then there are a few things you need to know. Have a look at the post below to learn more about what you can do to make sure you’re a good employer and that you hire the right team of people for your business.

Attributes OfA Good Employer

So, what makes a good employer? Making an effort to make sure that you’re a good boss is important both for your staff and the smooth running of your business. While there tends to be a focus and pressure on employees to display desirable workplace attributes, it’s also important that you as an employer consider what they could do to improve your role as a boss as well. A good employer will ensure that their employees feel supported and confident in their roles.

If your staff feel respected and valued, they will be more likely to want to remain working for and to perform at their very best. Good communication is key when it comes to being a leader. Make the effort to regularly communicate with your employees and take on board any feedback they have. Make sure they know that their opinions are valued and listened to. Try to get to know your team and build a solid working relationship with them.

List The Roles You Need To Hire For

Making sure your team feels happy in their work ensures that they are not overwhelmed with their workload. If your employees are struggling to meet demand and feel stressed due to their level of work, it could be time to consider taking on more staff or using alternative methods such as automation and outside agencies.

This is why it’s a good idea to have a plan of the kinds of roles you will need to hire for when you’re first launching your business (this will also help with your business and budget planning). Consider all the different areas of your business and the staff you will need to cover them. For example, will you need accounting, customer service, or sales staff? And how many?

Establishing Salaries For Your Employees

When you’re thinking of hiring staff for your business, you need to be able to offer them a fair wage. Make sure you research the average UK salary for the kind of roles you’re recruiting for, to help you make the right decision for the salary you will be offering. Check-a-Salary allows you to find out the average salary in the UK for similar roles you’ll be hiring for, making the process of deciding what you want to offer for certain job positions much simpler.

If you feel that certain employees can offer a lot of value to your business, you could negotiate a higher offer during the recruitment process. You could also agree to start new staff on a slightly lower salary during their probation period, then agree to raise this once they’ve passed their probation. Be sure to outline these agreements within their working contract.

Advertising Job Opportunities

Once you have the details of your roles and what you’ll be offering laid out, you can start forming job advertisements. You can list these on your own website for people to apply through there. It’s also helpful to use job advert sites to get more applications through. This will give you a bigger pool of candidates to search through and find the ones best suited for interviews. Makes sure you include plenty of detail in your job adverts so that candidates can gain all they need to know about the position and whether it would be right for them.

Building Your Interview Skills

Once you’ve narrowed down the best candidates for the role, you can start inviting them for interviews. If it’s your first time interviewing potential employees, you will need to work on your own skills during the interview. For example, make sure you come across as professional but approachable and friendly. Think about what you can do to help put candidates at ease, as their real character is more likely to show through the more relaxed and comfortable they feel. Who will you have with you during the process to help you interview candidates? Plan how the interview will be carried out with them and what questions you will be asking so the interview is structured and organised.

Training And Support

Once you’ve hired your staff, you need to continually update their training to ensure they can perform their job to the highest standard and feel confident in their role. Make sure to ask your staff for their feedback on if they feel supported in their work. Ask them if there are any improvements that could be made to help them know that you care about their wellbeing in the workplace.

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