How do I take on an employee? PART II

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In our last blog, we covered that ever-niggling question: ‘Do I need an employee?’ If you missed it, you can catch up here: http://www.businessstrategiesfortradies.com.au/blog/2017/9/1/how-do-i-take-on-an-employee

Now, we’d like to give you the heads up on the hiring process, your obligations as the employer, and some other legal bits and bobs.

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The Hiring Process

It’s not as simple as posting an ad in the newspaper or on-line.  There are a few things you should know when hiring staff, especially if you’re doing it for the first time.

Tips for hiring new staff:

  1. Know the law
  2. Attract the right people
  3. Choose the right person
  4. Make an offer
  5. Start on the right foot
  6. Have a productive workplace

Hiring a new employee is an important decision for your business. There are many useful resources available to help you find the right person, get them started and meet your obligations under workplace laws. This is a particularly good one:

https://www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/small-business/hiring-employees

The Working Environment

Hiring your first employee will dramatically alter your workday. On one hand, you’ll be able to delegate tasks like you never have before. This means freeing up time to focus on working on the business and not in it. You’ll get more meaningful work done every day, however it also means being a boss and a manager which involves things like:

  • Creating work schedules for your new employee/s
  • Staff training
  • Creating clearly defined workplace policies and procedures
  • Understanding OH&S obligations and implementing same
  • Performance evaluations
  • Handling any blunders made during the “probationary” period

    One important part of this is balancing your employer-employee relations. While it’s inevitable that some sort of personal connection will develop, you must keep in mind that your first employee is your subordinate and you’re the boss. Certain boundaries (including legally defined ones) must be respected. 

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The Legal Issues

Understanding your employee’s civil rights and your obligations as an employer are essential. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Understanding the rules as they apply to Awards and remuneration
  • Knowing which questions are legally off-limits (such as age, sexual orientation, race, etc)
  • Conducting a background check if necessary
  • Arranging tax, payroll and superannuation for the new employee

Being a sole proprietor has its advantages. You can set your own schedule and create your own destiny without having to deal with the hassles of hiring or management of others.  While this approach offers maximum independence and is ideal for some, it limits business and personal growth opportunities.

Those who make the decision to employ staff, report enjoying:

  • Business growth
  • Increased profit
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • Improved personal health and wellbeing
  • A more balanced work/life existence

Why not take advantage of our informative free no obligation consultation that will inspire you to plan to grow. And don't forget to click the link below to get your FREE GUIDE to employment success!

 

With you in every success,

Athol Bailey

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Business Strategies for Tradesmen, Ph:0418 177 947
www.businessstrategiesfortradies.com.au

 

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