Hiring employees is a huge responsibility. Before hiring anyone, be sure to carefully analyze your needs in terms of extra assistance.
Once you’ve gotten through hiring process, there’s still much more you must do now that you’ve become an employer. If you’re like most small business owners, you just don’t have time to do all you’re supposed to be doing when it comes to managing your employees.
The article aims to outline five steps you can take right now to better manage your employees. Failure to complete these steps may one day lead to trouble for your business – trouble that could easily have been avoided.
Step #1 – Publish a Company Handbook
Most employers do nothing more than chuckle at mere mention of a company handbook. Who has time for such frivolousness? Besides, no one reads them anyway. If these are your thoughts, then think again. Make time to create a company handbook and then make every employee read it. Also have every employee sign a statement saying that they have read handbook. Place signed statement into their personnel file where it will remain should you ever need it.
Step #2 – Create Files for Sensitive Employee Data
You will have a lot of employee-related documentation to keep track of and you must have a place to store it all, safely, and away from prying eyes. Payroll information, health insurance information, certifications including expiration dates, performance reviews, and kudos from happy clients as well as negative comments from clients or supervisors are just some of documentation you need to maintain.
Step #3 – Create a Schedule
If you operate a business with “normal” business hours and just a few employees, you might think that creating a schedule is unnecessary. But unless there is a schedule, you can only assume that your employees know when they need to show up to work. Creating schedules is a good habit to get into, especially if you plan to have a lot of employees on your payroll. Create a work schedule for your employees and put it where they will see it.