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24Aug

How to Hire Employees for Your Startup

Posted by Pamela Swift in Human Resource

Launching a startup business can be extremely exciting. A successful new business venture brings forth a tremendous sense of success and accomplishment. Hopefully, the venture provides a pathway to financial freedom — always a great added benefit to any entrepreneurial endeavor.

Successful startups do need a talented, driven entrepreneur at the helm. The proprietor, however, can only do so much. He/she must hire employees to help the business move along in the right direction. Hiring decisions must be done with careful deliberation and a smart approach.

Keep these points in mind when thinking about hiring new employees to help steer the startup ship.

Don’t Wait on Hiring an Employee

Hiring the first employee for a company often relies on timing. When duties and tasks become too enormous and veer into becoming overwhelming, hiring an employee probably would be a good move. Waiting too long to hire that first employee creates risks. An over-extended entrepreneur may not be as effective as he/she otherwise would be if tasks were delegated to someone else.

A caveat does exist here. Hiring should only commence when doing so is affordable. Prematurely hiring an employee without taking budget matters into consideration may lead to a disaster. Be sure the money and cash flow are there to pay the employee.

Seek a Committed Employee

Certain applicants look great on paper, but they might not work out. And no, this does not necessarily mean their performance turns out to be undesirable. The employee may not be committed to the success of the startup and could bolt for “greener pastures” with no notice. Sometimes, it may be best to look at the overall potential and commitment level of an applicant prior to hiring. Loyalty might be the most important trait an employer could look for in a first and subsequent employees.

Develop a Strong Training Program

A confused employee hardly can contribute most effectively to the operation. While spoon feeding an employee every task may not be feasible, properly training all new hires is. More than just feasible, supporting reliable training methods makes practical sense. The better trained the employee is, the better apt he/she becomes to perform the job. The business ends up on a better path to success as a result.

The types of employee training vary. Maybe hiring a third-party to handle the expert training would be advisable. Bringing in experienced, skilled trainers could be another worthwhile investment for the company.

Devise an Onboarding Strategy

Prior to training, the new hire should go through an onboarding process. An onboarding process is akin to a mix of welcoming the new person combined with introducing him/her to the company and required tasks. Onboarding, sadly, can be ignored or dismissed by start up entrepreneurs. Even sizable corporations may not enact a viable onboarding strategy. Whether the company is big or small, a startup or an established entity, an onboarding system should be in place.

Acclimating and introducing a new employee to the company the right way increases the chances of a smooth start. Rocky starts undermine long-term relationships.

Be Sure All Legal Contracts are Taken Care Of

Does hiring the first employee require signing a contract or a non-disclosure agreement? Any issues or matters associated with legal contracts and matters may be best served through speaking with legal counsel. Printing out documents off the internet for employees to sign might not be the right thing to do. An attorney can draft up correct documents and provide vital legal counsel.

Hiring is Never Easy

Hiring employees comes with many responsibilities and a lot of thought. Starting up a busy can be extraordinarily difficult. The right approach to hiring may help alleviate some of those difficulties. Remember, getting the right employee onboard could assist setting the startup on a proper course for success.


 
 
 

 
 

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