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One of the biggest steps any new business undertakes will be to employ staff. That is the prime way that a business can grow and expand and become more profitable. But when you employ staff you enter a new world of responsibilities which you need to be aware of.

If you have any doubts about the legal requirements of employing staff you could consider outsourcing that function to a HR company.

Elements such as employment contracts, payroll administration, policy drafting, discipline and grievance procedures and even employee screening prior to offering them a contract all need to be considered.

You can get a lot of help from the Commerce and Employment department's Industrial Relations team but at the end of the day the responsibility is yours.

Ten Top tips when employing staff

  • Be sure of the reasons for employing staff. Ask yourself do you actually need extra staff and justify it to yourself
  • Define the Requirements for the job - create a job description.
  • Define to yourself the type of person you need to fill that post. Both in terms of skills and personal qualities.
  • Assess the going rate for that type of job and decide what the salary range will be.
  • Look at other options to make your job stand out above the rest, share in the company, opportunities to progress, etc.
  • Decide on holiday pay and sickness pay arrangements
  • Create a contract of employment.
  • Decide on how you are going to advertise for the job.
  • Get support if you are on your own to help assess the applicants - two heads are better than one.
  • Get up to speed on the legal aspects of the employing staff.

And finally, don't forget to give them a trial period so, for whatever reason, if they don't meet up to expectations you can part company legally.

For more information on HR Specialists in Guernsey, take a look at our Business Directory.

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