So you want to employ someone?

If you are an owner of a small business, you may often hear – DON’T! “Employees are a nightmare”, according to some, but have you considered that those giving the advice have created their own horror story. We have talked about how to recruit, engage with and retain employees – so this is to assist you in moving your mind set from a potential ‘nightmare’ and converting into the dream you have always had about your business.

As well as the legal implications, contracts, handbooks (now I can hear you start to yawn) how are you going about starting this important relationship in your business. This is the one relationship that can bring you the greatest rewards from your investment, when you get it right.

There has been lots of press with regards to getting people to engage with your business through self-employed contracts – so the onus of Tax, National Insurance, and the ‘burden’ of employment (as some may see it) is weighted towards the individual contractor. Notable cases are Uber (which has it’s own employees) and Deliveroo (which works with self-employed people).

If your organisation is very new, or if you very rarely need the help of additional people, you may consider hiring self-employed workers to assist on specific jobs. Similarly, should you require someone to work in a very specific area, such as HR, it makes sense to hire externally, as to free up your time and effort.

However, as your business develops, you may need to hire an employee or two of your own. There are many factors to consider when employing people for the first time. Our HR Consultants know all about working with people, so let us run you through some of the most important things to think about before hiring.

Arguably, the very first question to ask is…

Do you need to employ someone?

Think about the job you intend them to do, is it ongoing, a one-off job, or something else? You may need to look at different types of employee contracts, such as full time, part time, permanent, fixed term or temporary.

Also review the type of work that you want to hire them for. If the work is essential to your company, requiring a lot of time and dedication, then employing staff is the best way to go. However if you don’t necessarily need this work on a constant basis, such as a weekly cleaner in an office, then you may benefit more from hiring an independent contractor.

Consider the pros and cons of hiring an employee.

Upon hiring someone directly, you gain the advantage of having full control over how the work is done. You are able to train them to work how you want the job done and are able to receive full dedication from that person to your company alone. In contrast, a self-employed person has more freedom about the way they do the work and even when they do the work. Self-employed people will also often work on a number of different contracts at the same time.

If employing someone is still the best route, carry on reading to the next tip from our HR Advisors.

How will you attract?

In a previous blog, we spoke about the ways in which you can build your team with the right employees.

When starting a small or medium sized company, building your team is one of the most important things you can do. By employing the right people, you ensure that the work gets done exactly how you want it. Whilst it can seem like a huge task to find the right people to fit into your business goals, don’t panic – This is how your dreams come true!

Whilst skills and experience play a large part in finding the right staff, it is also important to attract candidates who fit into your brand identity. Those who hold similar aspirations, ideals and work ethic are invaluable to building a team that will develop your business in the best way possible. But how do you attract these people?

The key is in your branding. Be sure to include your company brand and culture within any job advertisements, along with clear and detailed information on the job spec. Chances are that those with relevant skills and talent will be more likely to show interest in a position if they can get a realistic understanding of the company.

How do you choose?

Choosing the right candidate is incredibly important. Hiring the wrong person can drain your resources fast, and set back productivity in your business. But how do you know who is right?

One of the most efficient ways of choosing the right candidate is to stick to a set criteria, and match their skills against it. This helps you to eliminate people in the fairest and most methodical manner. Although not always possible, face to face interviews allow for a chance to gain a better insight into the candidates work ethic and personality, i.e. Will they be beneficial to the company, and will they fit into the team? Multiple interviews are also a very good idea. Employment can be a very long term commitment, often lasting years. Is this really a decision you should make based on one meeting alone? You can also include job related tests or assignments to assess the candidate more directly.

The selection process can seem daunting, but that’s where Triple Three Solutions can help. Our trained HR Consultants can help find the ideal talent for you. Starting a new business can be incredibly time consuming, so by outsourcing your HR, you can focus on the smooth running of your company.

What paperwork do I need to generate?

For small companies three of the most important legal documents to consider are as follows;

  • Employment Contract
  • Health and Safety Contract
  • I.D. Details from the employee

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Our HR Consultants here at Triple Three Solutions can provide templates for many of these documents.

For help with the above paperwork, or for more HR Advice about what to consider when hiring an employee for the very first time, get in touch with Triple Three Solutions. Contact us today on 0333 050 3330 or via email at