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Hiring, Employing, and Firing

On this episode of Get to the Contest Small Business Podcast, I will be talking to Tony Scott, senior consultant for Employsure, Australia’s largest workplace relations firm. We will be talking everything about the employment: from the hiring, training to the rules of firing an incompetent employee. Listen in and we’re sure you’ll be able to pick up useful tips on the employment process.

Get to the Contest Takeaways!

  • Get it right the first time.

It’s not easy to get everything right the first time especially when it comes to hiring. But to help you with this, you need to be very clear on your expectation and the adaptability of the new hire to the work culture of your company. If this is not clearly stated to a new hire before he/she accepted the gig, you’re setting yourself up for trouble.

  • Take your time.

When it comes to hiring, do not rush. Take your time in interviewing and make sure to document the procedure. Be selective and never opt for the next best thing just because it is available for right now. Finding the right candidate takes time but the search will ultimately be fruitful once you find the perfect fit for the job. If need be, hire a professional to do the hiring process for you and your business.

  • Set the tone.

Set the expectations and present your company’s work culture upfront. It is important for the candidate to see the job at face value. This will give you a much better chance of this person adhering to the job at hand.

  • Policies and procedures are a must.

Before even employing people, you have to set policies and procedures in place. You cannot implement policies if you do not have them in writing. This will help you manage your employees and develop discipline in the workplace.

  • Fairness in firing.

Firing an incompetent employee is inevitable. Performance management of an employee is a must to test the person out. Get your expectations documented and clearly discussed with the employee ad make sure you have established procedural fairness. If you fail to establish this, it can be very costly.

  • Take time out.

Step back and take time out when you feel the need to. It’ll give you perspective and you will enjoy work more. Overall happiness is the ultimate goal when it comes to work-life balance.

Tony Scott’s Get to the Contest:

“I talk a lot about work place culture. I think there's a direct coloration between morale and productivity. For any business to be successful, and indeed using the football analogy, for any team or any sporting team to be successful you have to have a cohesive team. We all have to be singing from the same hymn sheet as it were, and I think, for me, is it. How you get the right culture, and how you have everyone singing from the same hymn sheet is the challenge, but that is the key. “

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