HR Tips for Small Businesses
Employees of small businesses usually wear many hats. This is why it’s important to implement certain strategies and organizational methods to help speed up and streamline HR processes and managing employees.
Below we have our top tips on what HR professionals who work in small businesses can do.
1. Automate your data storage.
If you don’t have a method to track, update, store people's data – the process can take much longer. You can enlist in things like filing cabinets and spreadsheets to help you start the organizational process, but you can take it a step further by automating everything too.
2. Eliminate unnecessary steps in your hiring process.
Sit back and take a look at your hiring process and analyze whether every step is necessary. Is every section of the application useful? How many interviews are you putting candidates through? Are you asking for too much information in your online application process? This will help to cut back time and put more time into looking at the candidates you are actually considering.
3. Use an applicant tracking system.
One of the simplest ways to make your hiring process more efficient - and thus provide a better candidate experience - is to use an applicant tracking system. An ATS can help you manage candidate information, speed up communication, and more.
4. Taking care of paperwork right away.
When you hire a new employee, introduce them to people in the office, set up their office space, and sign documents on their first day in – this way it can be efficiently done and out of the way for the new hire who is eager to start their new job. You can even take this a step further by getting the paperwork done before they step foot into the office, that way their first day can be just about getting immersed into the company culture and starting on some tasks.
5. Seek employee feedback on an ongoing basis.
If you gather feedback from your employees on a more regular basis – whether it’d be company culture, benefits, processes, onboarding methods, and so on – you can determine what areas need more focus a lot better and tackle those issues first, rather than focusing on something that doesn’t need your attention at the moment.
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