Taking on staff at your business can be one of the riskier aspects of expanding your company. In fact, it can sometimes seem that doing the rest of the business is easy compared to managing staff.
But complying with employment law can actually be a help. So long as you’re doing everything required of you at your end, you’ll be in good legal standing. This means that when disputes arise, and they probably will, you’ll be prepared to deal with them and move on.
Know Where You Stand Legally
Many small businesses don’t feel like they have the time to delve into all aspects of employment law. But looking after your employees can actually make your business run more smoothly and efficiently. After all, tribunal hearings are both costly and time-consuming.
If you need to get rid of somebody that isn’t performing at work, you must have a good reason why. You also need to show that you acted in a fair way before you fired them. If their performance wasn’t up to scratch, this means informing them that there is a problem. A good way to show that you did all you could is to hold a meeting with them to discuss whatever issues they’re having with their work. Recording the minutes of the meeting is also probably a good idea.
When dismissing somebody, it’s also a good idea to leave the option for appeal open. Sometimes an employee will move on of their own accord, but by giving the option for appeal, you’ve shown that you have acted in good faith. If you do find yourself running into problems, employment law services can often help.
Employees in Britain are entitled to at least week’s notice if you decide to dismiss them. This then rises to two weeks after two years and then for each extra year worked, a further week is added, up to a twelve week maximum. Lengthy notice periods can be a problem, so it’s work making sure that if you have taken someone on long term that you’re entirely happy with them.
Start Out On The Right Note
Remember how important that first impression was when you decided to employ a member of staff. It’s the same in the opposite direction. Making a good first impression can set the tone of the relationship for years to come. Employee that feel valued by the company are likely to stick around and work harder. That means that you’ll benefit in the long run.
Employees especially like training introductions., so they know precisely what is expected of them. But training also needs to be something that is ongoing, so they feel that they are developing their skills. Delegate training to one of your manages, or set aside one morning a fortnight to improve their skills.
Finally, make sure you communicate. This is one of those soft skills that we tend to neglect in favour of technical excellence or productivity. But employees will be happier and more productive if they know where they stand with regard to you and the law.