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Published on May 30th, 2014 | by Erika R

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Understanding Employee Rights: Human Resources Tips For New Businesses

Starting a new business is not without its challenges, and having an effective HR set up is something that must be mastered. New businesses with the greatest ideas and plenty of start up capital will fail due to ineffective HR dealings. Here are four human resources tips for new businesses.

1. Know the Objectives

What are your objectives when you are hiring a team of employees? These objectives should be:

– Employee Retention

– Productivity

– Morale

– Trust

– Building Relationships

A clear idea of what you want to achieve makes it a lot easier to get the job done.

2. Open Lines of Communication

Many new business owners wish to exert their authority on employees. That is often a mistake. It is a lot better to have open channels of communication so that employees can tell you what works best for them. This way all processes within the company are smoothed out within a few weeks.

Without proper communication, inefficient practices that are taking place in the first week will likely continue for a long time, This could have a detrimental impact on the success of your company.

3. Keep Employee Files Organized

Great organization is the best way to keep up with the demands of starting a new business. Create two files for each person you employee. The first file should contain their resume, job application, salary stubs, evaluations, and any disciplinary records. The second file should contain their medical records, vacation requests, I-9 tax forms, pay roll records, and background/reference checks.

4. Employee Education

Hiring intelligent, quick learning and hard working employees is paramount to the success of any new business. However, these employees must also be educated in whatever tasks they are assigned. If an employee keeps making mistakes while performing a task, shouting at them or firing them is not the solution. Instead, they must be properly instructed before they are evaluated.

Teaching employees while they are on the job also helps to create a sense of loyalty and mutual respect. The employee will be grateful for what they are learning and will have a sense of duty towards their employer. Additionally, the business owner feels they have invested time and money in an employee, and will strive to keep them with the company for as long as possible.

There is no magic formula that guarantees HR success for a new business. Instead, it is about following smart procedures, constantly communicating with your work force, and ensuring that you are properly training your employees. Your human resources representative(s) can talk with employment law attorneys such as those at Gittens & Associates (Newfoundland lawyers) or others.

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About the Author

Originally from San Jose, California, Erika Remmington is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and 18 month old daughter. She also enjoys rock climbing and out door activities.


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