Welcome to our fourth installment of can’t-live-without small business advice in honour of national Small Business Advice Week.
Today, Annamarie Petsis-Jones, our resident Human Resources expert, is here to share the three things you must do as a small business owner to protect your business and your employees.
You may not have the budget or resources to hire a HR manager internally, but you can make sure your back is covered by doing these three essentials. Read on, follow the tips and you can rest easier knowing that your business and employees are safe and sound.
1. From a legal perspective it is imperative to ensure that you cover yourselves as a business when hiring new employees.
All employees are legally entitled to a Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment. These should include the hours of work, place of work, pay, overtime, holidays, notice periods, sick pay, pension arrangements and so on.
These are all the practical elements that you should be clear about so that your expectations and obligations are met and that there are clear boundaries for your employees.
2. It is also important to have a few essential policies in place.
ACAS is a very good source of information for new or small businesses and provides excellent guides for employers and employees. They also provide template documents which small businesses can download for free to ensure they are covered from a legal perspective.
At the very least, we would recommend having a disciplinary and grievance procedure in place.
3. For a small business, hiring the right people is essential.
Always ensure that you have created an accurate and attractive job description before you advertise your role. Once you are ready to advertise, use the most appropriate forums to attract the right people, whether that’s a specialist job board or trade magazine.
Remember that hiring is a two way street – whilst it is important that a candidate convinces you they are the right person for the job you will also need to convince them that your business is the place for them.
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