Hiring Best Practices for Small Businesses Part One

Your small business is growing, and you have more work than you can handle. It is time to hire new employees. Whether you are the only employee or you already have a team in place, chances are good that you have questions about how to hire the best fit for your company. Padgett Payroll Services®, small business payroll experts, has created this guide to hiring best practices for small businesses.

First, you will need to define your company culture. What kind of company are you building? What are your company goals? What values do you want your company to showcase? Once you have these questions answered, you will have a better idea of what qualities new employees will need. You will also have key features to highlight in company descriptions for recruiting, interviewing and job description literature.

Next, write down all of the skills that are needed to accomplish your company goals. Then subtract the skills that you and members of your team already have. What you have left is the skills that your new employee will need to have in order to help your business move forward. You should look for employees with skill sets that are different from skills you and your team already have. You do not need to duplicate what you already have; you need to fill in the gaps.

Once you have identified the qualities and skills you are looking for in an employee, it is time to prioritize them. There is no perfect employee, so chances are that you will end up hiring someone who is lacking in at least one of the areas you have listed. Keep in mind that it is much easier to train someone on technical skills than it is to change an employee’s attitude and values. Now that you have your list prioritized, use it to create your job description, listing the qualities and skills in order of importance. You may want to separate them into required and preferred. Be sure to also include the benefits of working for your company, such as opportunity for growth or a flexible schedule.

We have covered how to determine the qualities and skills needed for future employees. In the next post we will outline the recruiting, interviewing and vetting process for employees. Padgett Payroll Services® is here to help you with any payroll needs you have. Our expert specialists will take care of payroll, direct deposit, worker’s compensation, tax filing, withholding and IRS form 941. This enables you to focus on growing and running your business while feeling secure that your employees are being paid correctly and your payroll taxes are accurate. Contact us today to learn more about our proven payroll services.

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