When you start out in business your head if full of worries, things that you think you can’t handle. If you listened to the little voices in your head and worried too much about all of the things you do not know about running a business you would have never got started.
One of the biggest worries new business owners have is how to handle employees. The majority of the people who start their own businesses have always been employees, so have little or no experience of managing people.
As a result, the idea of taking on employees fills them with dread. Add in the complications of payroll, tax legislation, health and safety and employee rights and many people’s blood runs cold.
Understandably, many small business owners resist recruiting staff, which can be a huge mistake. It slows down the rate at which a company grows and can even lead to the business collapsing completely when the business owner becomes overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work.
The thing is that recruiting and retaining staff is not anywhere near as complicated as you think. Using HR software like the kind sold by CIPHR.com can simplify everything from the recruitment process to payroll and training. It really is worth investing in this type of software from an early stage because it gives you pathways to follow and will keep your recruitment, payroll and training processes tight and organised.
To help you to get started with recruitment try the following.
Recruiting your first staff members
If you have never recruited anyone before it can be a good idea to make your first employee someone that you already know and trust. Recruiting friends and relatives has its pitfalls, but if you know someone who has the right skills it can still be a good idea.
You already have relationship with that person, which makes communication easier. In addition, they are likely to be more understanding and supportive while you learn how to sort out things like payroll.
Use an agency
Another option is to start by employing agency staff. There are pros and cons to this approach. Typically, you will end up spending more money on staff, but will not have to worry about things like sickness pay, maternity leave, NI and running a payroll.
However, you have to bear in mind that in the end you are going to want your own staff and that using an agency means that you are simply delaying learning the skills you need to recruit and look after your own employees.
In addition, in many ways, you will still be legally responsible for your agency employees. For example, you have to comply with employee regulations.
By law, you are obliged to keep your employees safe, so need to provide health and safety training and equipment to all of your personnel including agency staff. You also need to ensure they are treated fairly and that you comply with all employment laws, so even when you use agency staff there is still a learning curve for you.
Ask for help
If you are worried about recruitment and running a workforce, you need not be. Thousands of other business owners have been where you are now and they can advice you and help you to get started, all you need to do is to ask.
About Author: Lizzy Johnson, works in HR and regularly contributes to the world of Human Resources by attending conferences and sharing
her experience with others on line. In her spare time Julie also loves
to travel and see the world.