By Jacqueline McClure
Whether your company is large or small, hiring the right candidate makes a big difference to your bottom line by affecting profits, growth, customer satisfaction, safety, employee retention, work processes, and legal compliance.
Frequently, large companies have the edge with a more comprehensive and professional HR department. However, even in a big company, policy that is out-of-date or inconsistent can create problems. And, in small companies, it is not unusual for personnel duties to be performed by someone that wears several hats and is not necessarily as experienced or knowledgeable as professional HR staff.
What can your company do to avoid the common mistakes and consequences during the hiring process?
First, don’t be in such a hurry to hire. It is tempting to go the easiest route and hire the first decent applicant you get so that you can move on with running your business, but hiring the wrong person for the job can be a costly mistake. Skimping on the steps will not save you time or money and can actually create legal problems for you. Here are some tips to start you in the right direction:
- This is a great time to review the job description and have a clear idea of what you are looking for in a candidate
- Post an ad that is inviting, but clear in its description so that you attract more qualified talent
- Be realistic with your wish list – no one person will be an expert in every facet of your business
- Involve others in the interview process and take the time to get their input.
- Make sure your candidate fits what you need instead of hoping they will adjust to the position
Second, don’t ignore your legal responsibilities as an employer. If you are not clear on employment law, consult a professional to avoid the risk of compliance issues or litigation. In addition, an up-to-date employee handbook that outlines company policy clearly helps you stay consistent with all staff and avoid misunderstanding that lead to legal trouble.
Third, if you want your employees to be engaged in your company, it is important to invest in them. This means taking the time to properly onboard them, train them and give regular feedback on their performance. A large percentage of employees become disengaged in their workplace quickly. Three of the major reasons are lack of: training, opportunity, and feedback on their performance – surprisingly, the first reason is NOT money! Millennials especially (approx. born 1978-2004) are challenging to keep engaged. They tend to be job hoppers and see no reason to be loyal to employers that do not support their efforts to move forward in their career.
Tempted to take shortcuts? Don’t. In the long run, your investment in hiring the right candidates will pay off. Genesis Background Screening always suggests a thorough background screening to help you make an informed decision. For more information, contact Genesis Background Screening Services at 866 944-0041 ext 103, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.genesisbackgroundscreening.com