If you’re thinking of hiring new staff but you don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re bringing on your first ever employee or you have several employees already on your roster, you need to ensure you’re doing all that you can to find the right people and them make them feel welcome. Whilst it may seem difficult at first, there are lots of ways you can make this possible.
With that in mind, here are 8 things to consider when hiring new staff and 6 ways to ensure they’re feeling as welcome as they possibly can when they start:
How Many People Do You Need To Hire?
One of the first things you need to consider when it comes to hiring new staff is how many people you need to hire. Although you may not be 100% sure on how many new staff members, having a rough will definitely help when it comes to planning. The best thing to do is think about all of the roles you need to fill and whether or not any of them can crossover in terms of transferable skills. If you can combine a couple of roles, you definitely should as it will help cut your costs and the amount of time you spend training new team members.
What Will They Be Doing On A Day-To-Day Basis?
Once you know how many people you need to hire, you need to start thinking about what they’re going to be doing on a daily basis. Whilst you may not be able to write out a full job description at this stage in the hiring process, you should be able to put a rough list of duties together. If you’re struggling, it might be best to consider everything you want to outsource. From there you will be able to create a description that is respective of the role you’re looking to fill. For a guide to writing detailed job descriptions, you can visit this site here.
What Skills Do They Need To Have?
Whilst you’re putting your job descriptions together, you need to think about the skills each of your new employees will need to have. Whether you’re looking for someone experienced or you want to train them on the job, it’s important you know what you’re looking for as it will encourage all of the right people to apply. If you’re unsure about what skills you need, you may want to research similar job descriptions online. They may not be exactly the same but it will give you a loose idea of what you’re looking for.
Will They Be Temporary Or Permanent?
Another important thing to consider when you’re hiring new staff is whether or not they’re going to be temporary or permanent. If you’re unsure how long you’re going to need someone for, the best approach to take is to hire someone on a temporary basis. Although you may find it a little harder to find a candidate that will work temporarily, it will save you the trouble of having to let them go at the end of the contract. If you know you need someone for a long period of time, a permanent contract is a perfect solution. For a guide to choosing temporary or permanent staff, you can visit this site here.
Are They Part-Time Or Full-Time?
On a similar note, you need to decide whether or not your new team members are going to be part-time or full-time. Obviously, this will depend on the number of hours you need them to work. If you have a lot of work, full-time is obviously the best option. If you’re on a budget or you’re testing how it goes, you might want to start by hiring part-time staff.
Where Will You Put The Job Advertisement?
Once you have put together your job description, thought about the hours and written down the skills you’re looking for, you need to think about where you’re going to place your job advertisement. With so many different options to choose from, you need to think about what is right for your business. The best thing to do in this situation is to think about where your ideal employee is going to be looking for a job. If you’re looking for someone local, for example, you might want to try a local job board. If you’re looking for someone with strong social media skills, it might be best to post your job advertisement online. Depending on what you’re looking for, there will be a variety of different places to choose from.
What Will Your Recruitment Process Be?
Once you know who you’re looking for it’s time to start thinking about the recruitment process, as this is often the most difficult thing to do. Whether you’re going to carry out telephone interviews or go straight to face-to-face meetings, you need to be sure you’re giving each of your prospective candidates the same treatment. In most cases, you’ll find it easier to have a quick chat on the phone before you invite them in for a meeting.
Will They Be Going Through A Trial Period?
Finally, you need to think about whether or not the candidate you hire needs to go through a trial period. Although it’s not necessary, having a trial period will help ensure you’re finding the right person for the job. Similarly, it will give your new team member a chance to see whether or not the job is for them. Employment should go both ways and it’s important for you to test out your new working relationship. If you don’t run a trial, make sure you’re regularly holding meetings to see if they’re enjoying their new position.
Now you know exactly how you’re going to be finding your perfect team members, you need to think about how you’re going to make them feel welcome. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to help.
Give Them A Tour Of Your Office
One of the first things you need to do when your new employee starts is to give them a tour of your office. Even if you have a small office with limited space, you need to be sure you’re showing them where everything they’re going to need is. From coffee to notebooks, a full tour is essential.
Introduce Them To Existing Team Members
Whilst you’re giving your new team member a tour, it’s also important when you are hiring new staff that you are introducing them to all of your existing team members. Although you may only have a small team, for now, they need to meet each and every member before they start their official induction. If it helps, allow your new employee some time to sit with each employee. They will be able to share their role in the business and give them a good idea of when they would need to reach out to them for assistance. This is particularly important when it comes to the accounting team, as they’re usually in contact with everyone.
Ensure They Get A Proper Induction
Another important aspect to consider when it comes to making your new team member feel welcome is whether or not they’re having a proper induction. All too often people can start a new job and before they know it, they’re thrown straight into work. Although this may be suited to some people’s work ethic, most people prefer to have an idea of the company before they start. An induction should include a chat with the management team, a tour and a number of training sessions with their line manager. On top of that, you should also ensure you’re giving them everything they need in order to complete their job properly. From uniform to a laptop, you need to think of everything. When it comes to uniforms, it’s important you’re considering both Men’s shirts and women’s shirts.
Create A Company Handbook For Them To Read
If you know you’re going to be bringing in a lot of new hires over the next few years, you may want to consider creating a company handbook that you give to them at the start of their employment. This will detail everything from how to call in sick and when they’ll be paid their wages. It may take some time to create but it will be a great addition to your induction process. If you’re unsure of where to start, you may want to consider hiring a human resources specialist to help.
Give Them The Time They Need To Settle In
Another great way to ensure your new team members feel welcome is to give them the time they need to settle in. Although you may have tasks that are urgent, it’s important that get a feel for the job before they get started. Start off small and then work your way up.
Check Up On Them Every Now And Again
Finally, it’s important you’re checking up on them during the first few months of their employment.
Are you hiring new staff in your team? What do you need to consider beforehand and how can you make them feel welcome? Did we miss anything off the list? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
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