Recruiting & Hiring
For a budding entrepreneur or first-time small business owner, one of the most significant milestones in your first business is hiring your first employee. Due to monetary and budget-related reasons, first-time employers often hire first-time workers. Here are some tips on how to create and maintain loyalty among your first-time employees.
Many SMEs do not have an HR function, which is understandable in organisations with few employees. A full-time HR person would be costly and probably not fully utilised if the headcount does not warrant it. As Human Resources is ultimately a management responsibility, management should bear the full brunt of this in an SME. However, many managers are not well versed in the full HR functions, and HR mistakes due to a lack of understanding of the current HR environment can be costly and time-consuming. These HR functions are critical to any business, regardless of size.
As if starting a new business weren’t scary enough, the next step is to grow it by hiring someone. This article outlines the steps you need to take when hiring your first employee, and the series of events that are sure to make the process less daunting. From getting your ducks in a row, to starting the process, to bracing yourself for change, hiring your first employee is a straightforward task that will change your life for the better.
The South African Labour Guide is an online guide to labour law in South Africa. The guide provides information and resources on 24 hour notices; absenteeism; alcoholism in the workplace; bonuses; constructive dismissal; the Consumer Protection Act; employment contracts; derivative misconduct; desertion; dismissals; inconsistency relating to the disciplinary sanctions; insubordination; poor performance; probation; resignations; and much more.
This simple tool will help you manage and plan your human resources (i.e. schedule your staff). It will enable you to calculate the number of employees you will need over a certain period of time, or to start your new business. You can customize the hours covered in each shift (morning, afternoon and evening) and use a color code or an X to mark which employee covers each shift. You can use it on a weekly base and/or have monthly planning.
SMEs play a vital role in job creation and addressing the issue of unemployment in South Africa. It is not uncommon for a lot of these jobs to cater to entry-level staff. This article, therefore, explores how SMEs may successfully hire and bring on entry-level staff, which is a critical skill for business owners and a key tool through which unemployment can begin to be addressed.
HR can make or break your business. However, small, micro, and medium enterprises (SMMEs) often wait for something to go wrong before they consult an HR specialist. Putting a few basic policies and procedures in place from the outset could save you both time and anxiety. This article looks at tips to help you handle all things HR-related in your business.
If you are the owner or manager of a start-up, you are likely well aware of how busy you can become over time. You have to keep a lot of balls in the air, such as ensuring that your marketing efforts are working and that your employees are happy. One of the issues that many small businesses and start-ups face is the issue of not having the capacity for call centres or customer services. But if you look into call centre outsourcing, this can easily be rectified. So, start-up business owners, keep reading for the top reasons why you should consider outsourcing.
As a small business owner, negotiating remuneration packages with your employees is integral part of your role, but what is the best way to approach remuneration? This article answers some frequently asked questions about remuneration and remuneration packages such as "What is a traditional remuneration package?" and "What is a total cost package?" Find out which package is best for you and your employees here.
Often, when business owners review their business's performance to find out how they can improve, they re-allocate budgets, change their marketing tactics, review their sales statistics, and consider the clients and customers they have. When it comes to their employees, they often address poor performance with additional recruitment or termination rather than training and skills development. This article highlights why it is better for your business to invest in skills development courses.