Every business owner wants their business to succeed but often they don’t know how they can do that. However, with the rise of outsourcing, many companies have managed to grow their business and reach their business goals. There are many advantages that come with outsourcing your business. If you’re interested in knowing more about outsourcing and how it can help your business, then read our advantages in this article.
Recruiting & Hiring
Hiring new employees is a complicated process. The traditional process involves sifting through CVs, checking references, and conducting interviews. However, there alternative ways to interview that may prove more effective in finding the right people for the job and your company. Here are some interesting interview techniques to try out next time you’re looking for new staff members.
If your business is serious about attracting and retaining talent, it must factor in these hard knock realities. Namely, the law of supply and demand; the skills shortage in South Africa; government, regulators, and unions; technology; and profit. To attract and retain talent, your business should understand each reality, factor it in the business and astutely navigate the challenges ahead.
Creating a clear job description before you begin the hiring process can help you choose the best candidate from a pool of applicants. It usually consists of two areas – the job's responsibilities, and the key duties that will be performed. It's worth your time and effort to think the job description through completely. A confusing, hazy, or incorrect description can make it much harder for you to match a candidate and a job, because you're not sure about exactly what the job entails. Use these tips when drafting a job description.
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.
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a public-private partnership that has placed 10,000 young people in sustainable employment, provides an SME-focused offering to its employer base because we recognise the potential that these businesses have to provide opportunities to young people who are hungry for work. Harambee has also learnt how the needs of small businesses sometimes differ from large corporates.
There are many different types of work permits in South Africa and it can be daunting for an employer to feel safe in hiring a foreign employee. The Department of Home Affairs even has a task team that prosecutes those companies improperly employing foreign staff. The type of visa issued depends on the situation of the applicant or employer. The South African government has created a variety of work visas to accommodate South African businesses looking to hire foreign workers.
Your small business is growing, the market has a need for the product or service you're selling, and you're bringing in employees to expand your business. What could possibly go wrong? The answer is, a lot, if you don't hire the right people. Hiring employees is time-consuming and requires a lot of patience and energy. This article offers tips on the hiring process, which may facilitate your employee recruitment efforts.
Unless you are really employing someone for a limited period only don't think you can get around our tough labour laws with fixed-term contracts. So, this begs the question: What are the rights of the employee and the employer in a short-term contract agreement? This article unpacks the answer to this question by looking at how the CCMA has treated disputes around these agreements.
When you run a business, it’s important you hire the right employees. And when you run an SME, this becomes even more important. You run a small team and each and every member of this team has to be able to their job and do it well. That’s why you need to make sure you’re choosing candidates the right way. Here are some great ways to select the right candidates for the job.
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.
Many companies want to hire interns, so they can play a part in assisting someone who is desperately trying to gain experience and get a foot in the door. Interns are young, fresh and want to prove their worth to any valuable company which hires them, they are motivated and bring increased productivity. They are exactly the kind of people you want on board, as they work hard at completing a task with efficiency and enthusiasm. Here's why hiring young interns to work at your company has benefits for both parties.
No one can deny that the global economic slow-down has had quite wide-ranging effects in
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.
Considering you’re the boss, employing staff should be a breeze. But, what if you decide on a candidate or feel hopeful about a CV you’ve received and they turn you down? This scenario seems unlikely seeing as the job market is flooded with hopeful applicants. However, these applicants are also a part of the millennial generation and they take job satisfaction, and the quality of the environment in which they spend their working hours, very seriously. Here are three tips to remember before starting the interview process.
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.
When you run your own small business you often try to take on all the tasks by yourself. However, at some point, you may find yourself needing to hire one or two extra pairs of hands. Deciding who to bring in to help you with the running of your business is never an easy thing to do. How do you know you can trust them to get the job done? Will they be able to handle suppliers and/or clients without risking business relationships? Well, if you’re thinking about expanding your workforce, here are a few tips to consider.
When you're hiring employees for your small business, it's vital to use the interview process to identify the most qualified candidates for your company. Successful interviewing is a matter of asking the right questions, listening to the answers, and getting candidates to talk honestly about their abilities and attitudes. Luckily, candidates are predisposed to be open about themselves, so your challenge is to ask questions that guide them to the information you need to make a hiring decision. Use these tips to hone your job interview talents.
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.
In order for your business to attract new employees, one of the things your company needs to do is figure out what those employees look for in a potential employer. For example, older generations might look for jobs which offer safety and security. On the other hand, the younger generations might appreciate more flexibility in the workplace. So, if you’re interested in knowing what employees are currently looking for in companies, continue reading for pointers.
Once you have screened the applicants using the job description, you progress onto the actual interview. It is extremely important, when you interview someone to have a list of what it is that you want to ask – be sure to ask everyone the same question and have a ‘reason’ why you are asking that question. Here's how to make sure you are prepared when it comes to interviewing potential employees.
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.
These days, not many people stay with the same company for the duration of their career. People leave for a variety of reasons and sometimes it’s simply because a better opportunity arises. So, how do you get your employees to stay? Well, one way is to offer the opportunity for career growth. When a senior position opens up in your business, you may want to look at promoting from within before you try to hire someone from the outside.
While it is unfortunate, many large companies simply want to hire people who can do the job straight away. They don’t want to have to mentor and train new employees. They’d rather pay a little more for someone who already knows what they’re doing. The thing is, there are major benefits to hiring inexperienced employees, especially for SMEs. Employing someone without experience is an investment in both their growth and the growth of your business.