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BIZ TIPS- Human Resources

Small businesses face the same challenges and risks that larger business do, and when it comes to Human Resources, it can actually be more challenging to hire a team, create and maintain a company culture, and comply with ever-changing laws and regulations.

Despite this, there are a number of cost-effective, practical strategies that small business owners can employ to ensure staff members are content and productive.

Detailed job descriptions
An important place to start is with a well written job description.  HR managers often call them the mother of all HR processes.  Everything from recruitment and training to performance evaluations and compensation all stems from the Job Description. 

Prior to hiring new employees, owners should consider what the role of the vacancy entails. When you have an up-to-date job description, you can use it for recruiting, performance management and compensation. 

A light description, on the other hand, does little to entice highly qualified, experienced employees to apply for an opening. In a listing, executives should include the daily tasks an employee would be required to complete as well as a detailed list of skills needed to do a particular job.

See resource links below to help you write a concise job description:

Job Descriptions

Well-developed written job descriptions are essential to the hiring process, for two reasons, says attorney Susan Fahey Desmond:

1.   They assist you in clarifying what skills or traits you expect an applicant to meet

2.       They help you to defend yourself in court should you be sued over your hiring decision.


Here is the link to a resource to help you write an effective job description.  http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2013/06/27/5-mistakes-everyone-makes-with-job-descriptions-and-how-to-avoid-them-2/
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