With Small Business Saturday approaching this weekend, it is essential for small businesses and start-ups to ensure that they have the appropriate HR support in place.

Not only do you want to build an environment where your employees are happy, but you should also be aware of the rules and procedures involved in setting up a suitable HR solution for your company.

To provide you with some guidance, our team have put together five top HR tips for small businesses and start-ups.

1. Hire the best first employees

As a small business, the first employees that you hire will lay the foundation for your business’s development and general reputation.

With this in mind, it is a good idea to utilise the services of an online employment screening company to make sure that your first employees have a good track record.

It’s also valuable to invest time and energy into the interviewing process, making sure you get the right feel for who may be joining and, subsequently, representing your company.

2. Invest in an Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is the most valuable document an employer will have. Therefore, it is important to put the right amount of time, money and energy into developing one.

The purpose of the handbook is to:

  • Protect your business in any disagreement
  • Let your employees know what is to be expected of them.

Depending on your type of company, your handbook can be as straightforward or as intricate as you want when clarifying the company’s policies and expectations.

3. Develop good work culture

A positive environment at work is essential for any company, let alone a small business. However, whatever you choose to do, it’s beneficial to start whilst you are still small.

This could include:

  • Establishing gender equality
  • Introducing flexible work policies
  • Enhancing productivity
  • Promoting an overall-healthy work culture.

It is important to always be fair in your recruitment process. Employees should be hired based on their skills and eligibility for the job instead of their gender, ethnicity, or other potentially discriminatory factors.

Additionally, be sure to provide fair wages and growth opportunities to everyone.

For more, read our blog about developing an inclusion and diversity strategy in the workplace here.

4. Pay salaries on time

How are your time management skills?

When employers are late with paying their workers, it is often because they are not managing their time correctly.

Consistency is key. It is crucial to keep your payroll system or software updated regularly, and to pay your employees at the same time each month.

5. Give feedback and reward your employees

Small businesses should set employees’ performance targets and offer rewards when they meet them. Praise goes a long way when it comes to boosting employee morale, increasing productivity, and improving the general work environment.

Your business thrives and your turnover decreases when you have happy employees.

Are you a small business or start-up looking for HR advice? Let’s chat.