By: Jay Mittelman
Human resources may sound and look like a straightforward topic, but it’s not one that should be taken lightly. HR mistakes can cost you time and money, and your reputation. Here are four common HR mistakes to be aware of. Companies of all sizes, from global corporations to mom-and-pop outfits, are prone to these potentially critical faults whether they have the best HR solutions in place or not.
When you have an immediate need for a new hire, such as a marketing associate or perhaps even an HR manager, it’s tempting to accelerate the hiring process and skip seemingly less important steps. But in doing so, you are putting yourself at risk of hiring the wrong person for the job (while simultaneously missing out on other top talent). Avoid hiring traps when acquiring talent and resist the urge to rush a new hire.
The employee handbook may be something that your workers joke about and chuckle over. However, it’s an extremely important mechanism for establishing rules, guidelines, and parameters to show employees and companies what's right in terms of standard operating procedures. Employee handbooks are also used for when things go wrong, and although HR incident reports are something no one wants to deal with, it's great to have the guidance in place to do it.
For many companies, having an employee handbook at all is a perennial “to do.” And that’s unfortunate, because not only should you have an employee handbook, but you also should update it regularly as the landscape of your business and industry evolves. Many professional HR services include a review and updates to your employee handbook as an add-on service or part of their onboarding process.
In the same way you may want to rush the hiring process, it’s equally easy to fail to provide the necessary new hire training for employees to succeed within your company. Always remember that retaining employees starts great employee onboarding - this is especially true in small businesses where there is plenty to do and new employees are expected to contribute from Day One.
Make a conscious effort to offer all new employees sufficient tools, resources, and support. Otherwise, you are setting up both the employees and your business up for failure.
Whether it’s violating wage standards, not paying your payroll taxes correctly, failing to document an employee termination or anything in between, HR is full of complex issues that you may know “a little” but not enough about, which can cause huge problems (and fines) down the line.
To avoid these types of pitfalls, contact us today and we'll be happy to communicate with any HR staff you already have in place and help ensure that your business runs smoothly and efficiently. Excelforce offers HR solutions that can help your overall HR and payroll processes allowing you to focus on your employees and business.
If you don’t have any HR staff, that’s even more reason to call us for HR services — it all starts with payroll!