With all the scare stories about “employee-favoured employment law” and “red tape for employers” it can feel really daunting to take on your first employee. However, we’re here to help new employers see that as long as you follow the right processes from day one, it’s nowhere near as bad as you’ve been led to believe!

Taking on your first employee is a huge step in your business – we’re on hand to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. So what should you consider before taking on an employee?

  • Why do you need an employee? It is because there is a function in your business you’re not qualified for, or don’t enjoy doing, such as bookkeeping? Would it be better to sub-contract that function rather than take on an employee?
  • What type of employee are you looking for? It’s not just a case of deciding whether they’ll be full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary etc. It’s also about deciding what kind of person you’re looking for – outgoing, proactive, technical, skilled, fun? It’s vital your employee fits in with the ethos and image of your business.
  • What do you expect from your employee? Depending on what you expect your employee to do, it will determine what kind of person you’re looking for.
  • Do you have enough time to manage an employee? You’ll need to make sure you have the time and resources to look after your employee.
  • Do you have up-to-date documents ready, such as contracts of employment, that comply with current employment law?

So how can we help? We work with first-time employers to make sure you understand all the processes you need in place before employing someone. We recommend that new employers use our HR document packs as the foundation for your HR system, together with our support. We can arrange an on-site visit to go through the pack as a step-by-step guide and make sure you have a good understanding of your HR system and exactly what is required of you as an employer. This visit usually takes around 2-3 hours, depending on how much information needs to be discussed.

Taking on employees has major benefits for your business, but you should also be careful to follow correct procedures and make sure you comply with current employment law. Employees now have access to much greater information about their employment rights (and rightly so!) which means as an employer you have to make sure you protect yourself by having a strong HR system.

Most importantly, don’t let the thought of “red tape” put you off employing your first employee – we promise HR isn’t as bad as it first seems! We also know that keeping costs to a minimum is essential, therefore we will always provide the most cost effective solution and never oversell our services. Contact us now to find out how we can help.