Having the right employee in each position is a crucial component of running a successful business. It’s important for a business leader to incorporate the best strategies for hiring and firing employees.
Remember, this is not official legal advice. If you have any concerns, it’s best to consult an employment lawyer.
Guidelines for Hiring
Hiring is normally an exciting time for a company. There are several steps you should follow to make sure you’re legally compliant and hiring the best individual for each position.
- Check for legal compliance – All questions asked and materials used must be legally compliant. For example, Industry Week states that it’s almost always illegal to ask for an applicant’s marital status, birth date or religious affiliation.
- Clearly explain the position – Many people, unfortunately, 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.
- Conduct effective interviews – According to Business News Daily, 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 important to let the candidate ask questions. This way you’ll know how much they’ve researched your company and how they view your specific industry.
- Consider hiring within – 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 – 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 workplace policies – There need 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.
- Follow the law – According to Forbes, 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.
- Include witnesses – To avoid potential lawsuits, it’s always a good idea to have another individual present when you’re terminating an employee.
These guidelines will help you more effectively hire and fire employees. Consistently following procedures can make the process run more smoothly and help reduce any potential legal complications.