As a small business owner, you have to wear so many hats. Not only do you have to focus on revenue and customer service, but you also have to keep track of your paperwork while finding time to market your business. If you have employees, there is even more work. You have to run your own Human Resources department.
Being your own HR department is not easy and many small business owners struggle with it. Here are a few common human resource mistakes to look out for and avoid if possible:
Hiring the Wrong Employees
Too many business owners wait too long to hire help. By the time that they decide to get some help, they are already overworked, exhausted, and possibly burnt out. Because of that, they may hire the first person that they see.
However, that is a big mistake. Hiring the wrong person costs you money in the long-run and can even lead to increased workplace conflict. To make sure that you hire the perfect person, make sure you know exactly what you are looking for and don’t settle for less than that! If needed, outsource your hiring so you can get the talented applicants you deserve while saving your time for running your business.
Not Focusing on Training
Employee training is one of the most important parts of having employees! It is essential that all of your employees are trained properly so that they will know exactly what is expected from them right from the beginning.
Once your employees are well-trained, your job is not done. You need to make sure that all of your employees keep up with their training so that everyone is working to their full potential.
Not only are properly trained employees good for the success of your business, but in industries like construction, adequate training keeps your employees safe!
Not Having an Employee Handbook
It is important that your employees know exactly what is expected of them. Because of this, no matter how small you are, you need to have a handbook that outlines your business policies.
However, just having a handbook is not enough. You need to update it as your policies change. When employees have a clear, concise employee handbook to refer to, you spend less time fielding questions and problem-solving.
Not Acting Like a Boss
Though you may want to have an informal and relaxed work atmosphere, it is also important that you act like a boss or your employees might not respect you as much.
You need to maintain appropriate boundaries with your staff or you may struggle when it comes to leading them. It is important to make sure that you are making the tough decisions, while still being someone that your employees can come and talk to.
Not Communicating With Your Employees
Communication is key in everything that we do, from marriage, friendships, and even business! No matter how many employees you have, it is important that everyone knows exactly what is going on with the business.
Let them know your hopes, dreams, and goals for your business. Make sure that they know how they can help you reach these goals. Many people work harder if they know what they are working for.
For this reason, you should communicate, communicate, and communicate some more. The more that people know, the better your business will be. Remember that communication is a two-way street. Take the time to listen to your team and ask them questions on a regular basis.
Doing It All Alone
Outsourcing your HR to an experienced PEO leaves you more time, energy, and money to focus on the aspects of the business you truly love. Contact us today to get started.