Hiring an employee at just the right time is crucial. Hiring too early can cause issues with cash flow, and bring with it the added stress of management. Yet, if you hire too late, you could be putting your business under enormous pressure — potentially setting back projects and missing crucial moments in the market.
Two points to always keep in mind when hiring staff are:
Keep reading to discover a simple checklist, designed to help you attract the right employees you need to help your business to prosper.
Recruitment can be a tricky process, and there are several factors to consider. Now that you've decided that it's time to expand your business and bring on staff, it’s time to consider the different types of employment, the cost to your business, and how you'll onboard your new staff member — among other things.
Here are 6 steps to hire and then manage your staff.
You'll need to consider the employment status of your staff. The right type of employee for you hinges on the way you run your business, as well as the way your industry as a whole operates.
There are 4 types of staff to consider.
In deciding what type of employee your business needs, consider whether there are quieter periods throughout the year (where you may not need an extra set of hands) — or whether demand remains high year-round. For example, tourism operators are likely to hire casual employees so that staff numbers can swell to meet business needs during high season, and taper down during the rest of the year. Keep in mind the recent changes to casual employment laws have come in place — you'll need to know what they mean for your business.
It's critical that you understand the costs involved in hiring. Consider the time you’re willing to spend, any recruitment costs involved, and ad fees. Keep in mind that the quality of candidates you attract can be reflective of where you have advertised the position.
There are a number of additional costs to consider, including:
When it's time to hire, you want to ensure that you've checked off all the relevant criteria.
Once you have your shortlist of candidates, it’s time to begin interviewing. When interviewing, remember to check that the candidate has the right to work in Australia and holds any relevant licenses or certificates that the job requires. Keep in mind that it's rare to find the right person after the first interview.
Inductions are a great way to familiarise employees with the business, its operations, workplace health and safety procedures, and emergency procedures. You’ll also need to acquire their tax file number and superannuation details, so you can meet your obligations as an employee.
You should make time to chat with your new staff member about rostering and the specifics of their role, and to check if they have any questions regarding their obligations. It's also important to outline any training required, so they are ready to hit the ground running. Train staff on the tools you use, including your payment systems, coffee machine, and any other tools they will use throughout the day. Easy-to-use tools, such as Zeller Terminal, will minimise the amount of time spent training staff and maximise your business’s efficiency.
You'll want to get this right from the get-go; adjusting incorrect pay is painful for everyone involved.
Websites such as Fair Work and the ATO can help to ensure you are paying the correct wage, tax and super contributions. You can use the Fair Work Ombudsman's pay calculator to work out wages and awards. If your employee doesn't fall under a specific award, then you'll need to pay them the national minimum wage at the very least.
You must also provide your staff with a payslip within a day of paying them. Payslips will need to include the amount paid, as well as any amounts withheld for tax purposes and superannuation contributions.
Setting sales targets and tracking performance is key to good employee management. Staff want to know how they are performing, and you'll want to communicate those results to them. Having a tool like Zeller Dashboard allows you to monitor how business is tracking, so you can identify the impact your extra employee is having on your bottom line.
A good employee will help your business succeed. However, the key to finding the right staff members is taking the time to get it right. Taking the time to ensure that you have a solid understanding of what you need in an employee, and having the right tools in place to get them working efficiently as soon as possible, will have huge pay-offs for your business.
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