Now that we've turned the page and left 2020 behind us (thank goodness), it's time to start looking forward. If business is booming, you'll need a few extra hands to start the new year off strong. Are you dreading the process of culling through boring applications and conducting hours of interviews? Don't fret. Here are a few tips to streamline the hiring process.
First things first... it may be time to do some housekeeping if you've let dust settle over your company's policies and regulations. Dig out your old employee handbook and see if it's still relevant. If you haven't picked it up once (or don't have one), it's time to seek help from an HR consultant.
We get it — if you're a smaller company, you probably don't have a whole department dedicated to managing employees. That said, hiring an HR consultant to help you with hiring employees and setting up sound employment policies can go a long way in making your company a better place to work.
Speaking of being a better place to work... it's not all about policies! Think about your work environment as well as your pay scale. Are you offering market wages for your new hires? Having better compensation packages is important to 52% of prospective hires. Are your other employees welcoming and friendly? A fun company culture and a collaborative environment are important to 17% and 29% of job seekers, respectively.
When you start making these types of changes, word will get out. Your employees will spread the good news that they have an awesome employer. And as more and more candidates hear about your stellar workplace, they'll be lining up out the door for a chance to join your ranks.
Investing in the right people is one of the best things you can do for your business. When your employees are the right fit, it will take a load of stress off your shoulders, giving you more time to focus on the other aspects of your business.
What should you be looking for in a prospective hire? If you haven't already, take the time to write out a job description. That way, you'll be able to clearly see everything you want for someone in this role. Once you have that established, there are five main points to think about:
Finding great applicants doesn't have to be like searching for a needle in the haystack — as long as you're looking in the right places. We recommend three options:
Hiring new employees for your company shouldn't be a hassle. By staying organized throughout the process and truly thinking about what you need, you should be able to build a team that will help your business thrive.