So, your business is thriving and you’ve come to a place where you need help. Hiring your first employee is an exciting time but it can also be filled with anxiety. You have to hire someone you can trust. After all, you’ll be leaving your business and livelihood in their hands. How do you choose someone who can fulfill all your requirements and someone you can get along with? Here are some of the things you need to bear in mind as an employer hiring your first employee.
You’ll need to go through applications with a fine tooth comb. It’s likely that you’ll be inundated with applications so it’s important to have a closing date for the job. Once all applications are in, you’ll need to sit and read through them all thoroughly. Short list some of the candidates and then get a second opinion from family members or other business owners who have hired employees before. Interview the applicants that stand out for you and then take a few hours to make your final decision.
Once you’ve made a decision and offered the applicant the job, there are few pieces of paperwork that need to be done before work can start. For example, if you work with children, your employee will need a new CRB (DBS) check done before starting work. You must then provide the employee with a written offer of employment and any conditions of working within your business. Ask the employee to sign and return a copy of the terms and conditions to you. Finally, you’ll need to provide the employee with a contract. The contract needs to include hours of work, the employee’s responsibilities and your responsibilities as an employer. If you need to create shift patterns for the employee, you may want to try rota management software as an easy solution.
The type of insurance cover you need may change now that you’re an employer. You’ll need to protect yourself and your business from any claims your employee could make. For example, if your employee trips over a box you leave unattended, they may want to make a claim against you for their injury. You can find out more about business insurance here.
Register as an Employer
Being an employer will affect the amount of tax your business pays. You’ll now be responsible for paying someone else’s salary and working out their individual tax and national insurance contributions. You must provide your employee with a payslip, detailing they’re gross pay, net pay, tax and national insurance. If you think there’s a chance you may get this wrong, you might want to consider hiring an accountant to take over the business finances.
Health and Safety
Your employee needs a safe and secure environment to work in. It’s more important than ever to maintain health and safety in the workplace. Similarly, your employee needs to be trained in health and safety guidelines so as to make the workplace safe for customers. It’s more important than ever to stay on top of this these days. If your employee mops the floor and fails to put out a caution sign, and then a customer slips and has an injury, you’re liable to pay if a claim is made.
Develop a Bond
Your first employee is someone you’ll work with closely. Even though you may have been told not to be friends with your employees, a friendship is inevitable. Bonding with your employee will ensure you create a friendly atmosphere where your employee knows you’re approachable when there’s a problem. Have patience and be willing to train when your employee needs additional help. However, don’t be afraid to apply the rules when necessary.
When Things Go Wrong
Things don’t always work out with employees. That may be because they’re unreliable, they’re not cut out for the job and there are frictions between employer and employee. There are certain procedures when it comes to an employee being dismissed. You must handle it in the correct way otherwise you risk being taken to an employment tribunal. Employment tribunals deal with unfair dismissals, disagreements in pay and discrimination. It isn’t something you want to deal with when you’re hiring your first employee, so make sure you do everything by the book. Here’s some tips on how to dismiss an employee properly.
It may sound daunting, but for most businesses, hiring the first employee is smooth sailing. So, don’t be put off by the amount you have to do because it’s all for your own protection.