Small Business Start-Up Checklist – Hiring Employees

Although many small businesses are run by an individual it can sometimes be necessary for them to employ staff, especially if there are commercial premises like a shop involved. However, making the decision to hire employees inevitably leads to a lot of unavoidable bureaucracy and paperwork that you should be aware of.  

Things to remember:  

  • Hiring & Firing – You have a number of options regarding where you source your workforce from. It may be easier for you to hire temporary agency staff if you only need assistance at certain times. If you are looking for permanent employees then you will need to undergo the entire recruitment process from advertising the position right through to selecting the right candidate. You must be aware of equal opportunities legislation and how this relates to your selection. It is important that you make the right choice as dismissal of employees can in certain cases be even more complicated than the hiring process.
  • Training – All new employees will need orientation and an initial phase of training so that they can undertake the tasks they will be set. In the long-term it is beneficial for your company and the individual if you provide additional training which will help them develop new skills. You can identify what training is needed from a Training Needs Analysis.
  • Procedures – There are many procedures that must be followed by law such as health and safety standards. In addition, you may wish to set standards regarding dress code and behaviour. Other important areas are complaint handling procedures, working hours and union relations.
  • Recordkeeping – There are numerous records which must be kept regarding labour laws, but the smaller your business is the lower the amount of paperwork you will be required to do.
  • Wages – There is legislation regarding compensation (minimum wage etc.) and taxation.

For the previous stages of this checklist look here

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