Have you recently started a new company or organization? If so, you definitely have a lot on your plate right now: hiring team members, setting up administrative tasks, organizing finances, just to name a few. One important area that you cannot overlook is your Human Resources department. We’ve compiled a list of common HR mistakes that new companies can make, which could cost you money in the long run. Keep reading to learn more!
Not Having an Employee Handbook
In the excitement of starting your own company, it may be easy to overlook the mundane tasks, like building an employee handbook. Employee handbooks are extremely important to keep your team members on the same page. An employee handbook can help your organization communicate important company policies to your team. Having all the information an employee requires organized in one place is critical to avoiding violations.
Inefficient Hiring Process
It’s important to make sure that your hiring team is on the same page before you start interviewing candidates. Rushes interviews or unclear job descriptions are a recipe for disaster when hiring new employees. Take the time to sit down with your team and clearly outline everything a job role requires and then clearly communicate it within your job description. When booking potential recruits for interviews, be sure to allot them enough amount time to get to know them. We also recommend not stacking one interview after the other without breaks. You need to give your hiring team a short break, so they have the energy to ask the right questions.
Poor Training for New Employees
As a new company, it’s essential to sit down and write out what your employee onboarding process looks like. Employees need clear direction as to what’s expected of them in their new roles. If you as the employer cannot provide them that, it can cause serious confusion and possibly make your new employee feel alienated when starting work. Make sure you give your new employees the tools they need to be successful in their new role.
Improper Employee Documentation
When filling out the paperwork for your new hires, it’s crucial to properly document how the new employee will be classified. If they are an independent contractor, make sure they have the right forms and understand that they will be responsible for paying their own taxes. If they are a full-time employee, be sure to have them fill out the right documents and set up withholdings, so you are in adherence with state labor laws. Improperly documenting an employee can be a costly mistake in the longrun.
Work with a Professional HR Consultant
Are you starting a new business and have concerns about your HR practices? Prescott HR wants to help you! Prescott HR offers a wide range of outsourced HR solutions that can help you establish a successful onboarding process at your organization. Our UnIntimated HR practices allow us to be focused and effective, providing your business with exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 443-351-8818 or contact us online.