Hiring and firing have been two core business aspects for a while. Both happen every day and sin some cases without any particular reason. Hiring is defined as adding new workers who will provide services for a company. Firing, on the other hand, is reducing current workers who will no longer work for the company.
Guidelines for hiring
Before you start hiring new employees for your small business, there are several steps you should follow to make sure you’re legally compliant and in the right spot to hire the best individual for each position.
Make sure that all questions you ask are legally compliant
All questions asked and materials used must be legally compliant. For Example, it’s almost always illegal to ask for an applicant’s marital status, birth date, or religious affiliation.
Write a great job description that clearly explains the position
Many people don’t have a clear idea of what they’ll be doing until they actually start a job. Precisely explain what skills are necessary and what the job entails in the job description and during the interview process.
Be effective at conducting interviews
It’s just as important to focus on factors such as temperament and coachability as it is to ask about specific job-related skills. It’s also very important to let the candidate ask questions too. This way, you’ll know how much they’ve researched your company and how they view your specific industry.
Consider hiring internally
While many small businesses may not have an adequate pool of applicants for every job, it’s often a good idea to hire internally if possible. Promoting a current employee will save you money. You’ll also have an individual who has already adapted to the work environment.
Guidelines for firing
Terminating an employee can be an emotional experience for both employee and employer. It’s important to follow a specific procedure when firing an individual.
Keep extensive documentation about all employees
It’s absolutely crucial that every significant incident or interaction involving an employee is well documented. If there are adequate reasons for firing an employee, there needs to be documentation to prove it.
Follow all workplace policies
There needs to be explicit procedures in place regarding the termination of employees. Every termination needs to be carried out in the same way. Treating employees differently will open up your company to potential lawsuits.
Make sure you are complying with the law
If an employee didn’t sign a contract, you can fire them at will. An employee with a contract can only be terminated for reasons stated in the contract.
When firing someone, make sure you have witnesses present:
To avoid potential lawsuits, it’s always a good idea to have another individual present when you’re terminating an employee.