For many businesses, day-to-day office functions are back to normal or almost there. And, as incoming business increases, it may be a sign that it’s time to ensure you can scale to manage everything.
If you’re like so many other businesses who found it necessary to lay off employees during the pandemic, you may now be in a position where you need to “replenish” your team.
Some of us may feel a little rusty, but when it comes to ensuring you’re up-to-date with all things human resource-related, this is an excellent time to make sure your ducks are in a row.
Let’s talk about what you should focus on initially to get things back on track before hiring new employees.
What is Your Company Culture?
Why is this such a critical question? Because it will be impossible for you to properly relay this information to hiring partners or potential employees if you don't know yourself. In addition, quality candidates will want to know what to expect so that they're able to make an educated decision before considering employment with your company. Ask yourself:
- What are your company values?
- Do you have clear expectations for your employees?
- Is it apparent that you are open to diversity?
- Are you open to new ideas so that the team can feel challenged and valued?
If you have an up-to-date employee handbook, this will make it easy for everyone to be on the same page. In addition, this allows them to refer to it when they feel themselves potentially veering away from the company guidelines. And of course, making yourself available should someone have questions is invaluable as it encourages a comfortable but professional environment. If your culture is a bit more stringent, make sure you relay that early on, as there are also people who thrive just as well in that atmosphere. It’s all good as long as there’s an upfront agreement of what to expect.
When you hire a staffing solutions partner, this is one of the areas where they can be a tremendous help. A quality firm will be experts in gathering and relaying this information to help narrow the field for you.
Create a Solid Hiring Plan
A solid team should consist of the right set of skills and those who have the proper attitude and work well within the culture you have developed.
You want to:
Determine their skills and how it fits within the job you’re looking to fill
Learn if they will get along with other employees by asking questions that will bring out their personality.
Much of this will be determined early on if you are working with a solid recruiter who can have an open conversation with the potential candidate before you even meet them.
Are You Up-to-Date With Laws and Regulations
Just like everything, human resource laws are constantly changing. But, unfortunately, this is one of the most overlooked areas because we get so busy that we may let something as simple as a one-page critical form fall between the cracks.
Whatever system works for you, there must be something in place. It also demonstrates that you’re a professional company to potential candidates.