Protecting Your Company When You Hire a New Employee

When you hire a new employee you don’t just take on a new person, you take on the new risks that come with them. Preparing yourself for these issues before they come up can be the difference between failure and success. Here are some things you should do to protect your company when hiring:

Smaller Businesses That Are Expanding Need To Prepare 

If you have not hired before you have some real work to do to prepare yourself. Make sure you have a Federal Employer Identification Number. Set yourself up for payroll taxes, workman’s comp insurance, Unemployment and disability insurance, and EEOE protections before you interview. Businesses also have reporting and record keeping obligations. Make sure you have your tax withholding and records system in place, you are ready to verify work eligibility and citizenship or immigration status, and you know how to file reporting on new hires with state agencies.

Get Real About Pre-Employment Screening

Run background checks: drug screens, criminal background checks, credit checks, employment and education verification. Drug screens don’t just keep out drug users; they keep out all the baggage they bring with them, things like higher accident rates, higher missed time rates, higher medical problem rates, and risks from their associates.

You will occasionally hear the news about high-profile hires with fake resumes. Call schools and former employers to be sure of what you are getting. Also, as Martin E. Davis points out in Entrepreneur, “some of the biggest names in the industry (and in our federal government) have been embezzlers, involved in bankruptcies, accused of sexual misconduct and harassment, felons, and convicted of lesser crimes.” Always check; always verify.

Know The Law Before You Interview and Make an Offer

You need to know which questions you can and cannot ask during an interview and make sure every member of your staff who participates in the interview process is aware of these restrictions.

Topics like religion, sexual preference, age, disabilities, race, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status, children and prior arrests cannot be raised in interviews.

Find out whether an employee has signed a do not compete or other restrictive contract and how this can be enforced in your state before making an offer. Jason Tremblay of Inside Counsel advises that “the company should prepare, and the new employee should sign, an agreement representing that he or she is not a party to any agreements or other obligations restricting his or her ability to work with the company. “

Reasons to Get to Work Early

A lot of people are more focused on how many times they can get away with hitting the snooze button than how they can show up to work a little earlier to start the new day. There are real benefits from hitting the ground early that can make your day better and improve your overall performance. Consider these benefits of arriving early.

Showing Up Early Saves Time

This may sound counterintuitive but getting a head start can save you time. You miss the worst of the morning rush hour traffic for one thing. You are first in line for everything; no waiting for coffee, or to put your lunch in the break room refrigerator, or to get needed supplies from storage.

First In – First Served

Bosses normally show up a little early and making it in before the crowd means you have a chance for a little face time with them. This is a chance to build a relationship with a person who has a tremendous impact on your chances for a promotion, and it also gives you a chance to get a jump on new projects.

Impressing the boss isn’t the only chance you’ll have to get ahead by being early. New client calls are all yours, and you can get early e-mails to people before their inbox gets clogged with the day’s usual stampede. Peter G McDermott says, “when you get an early start on follow-ups and general inquiry e-mails, you are putting yourself ahead of messages that will come later throughout the day.”

You Have a Chance to Improve Your Workflow

The morning can be the most productive time of the day. You have a chance to get in and get set while others are still trying to make their first cup of coffee. You can make a plan that gives you a roadmap for being productive all day. And you can work without distractions. As Hilary White of Popsugar points out, “coming to work when the office is empty is a great way to buckle down, focus, and get a good chunk of work completed without anything to distract you.”

If you’re in a position that doesn’t currently reward your drive to get started early, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you find a new position that lets you benefit from your work ethic and productivity.

Comparable Salaries. When Should You Compete?

Deciding how much salary to pay and which employees to pay are two of the toughest questions you have to answer in both hiring and retention. Here are tips on whether or not you should offer your employees a comparable salary to your competitors.

What Is a Comparable Salary?

Most employers want to pay competitive salaries but defining that can be a chore. According to Denise Rand of HR Daily Adviser, “being competitive means paying, on average, +/- 10 percent from the market-average pay for a job or a group of jobs.”

Using a salary comparison tool can at least get you the ballpark figure, but the real question is about the value you get by trying to keep up with the Jones’s when it comes to salary amounts.

Employee Turnover Costs Money

Every part of a turnover costs money. When old employees leave, you lose productivity. A job search is expensive and time-consuming. Training a new hire is also expensive and time-consuming. You lose additional productivity while the new employee is learning on the job and from other employees trying to teach them. Paying a competitive salary is your best defense against employee loss and associated costs.

Better Pay Means Better Employees

According to Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University, “while it might seem counterintuitive, paying “efficiency wages” – the term economists use for higher-than-market wages – can boost productivity and enhance profits.” Employees who work harder, are more positive with clients and are less likely to quit over salary are a tremendous asset to any business.

If you’ve decided that you do want to be more selective in your next hire, contact Award Staffing. We regularly work and interface with high-value individuals who are seeking out a new job or career path. We will be able to present you with several candidates and help you put together the right offer package for the candidate you believe is the best fit.

Conquering Your First Day of Work 

The first day on a new job can be nerve-wracking. You have to figure everything out from the commute to the coffee situation to safe navigation of office politics. On top of that, you need to step off on the right foot with the coworkers and bosses who will define your success at this career stop and help you move on to the next promotion. Here’s how you can conquer your first day of work:


Prepare to Sound Intelligent with Everyone You Meet


Jacquelyn Smith of Business Insider recommends you “get ready to give a 30-second explanation of who you are, where you were before, and what you’ll be doing in this new position.” You should also be familiar enough with your new company to discuss it intelligently with anyone you meet, particularly new bosses.


Be Engaged at All Times


Make sure to learn at least one thing about everyone you meet. Keep your body language positive. And turn your cell phone off in the parking lot. Don’t let anything distract you from making a great first impression.


Show Up Ready to Learn


John Coleman of Harvard Business Review advises “don’t “fake it until you make it” by trying to appear more knowledgeable than you are. People will expect you to face a steep learning curve on a new job and most will be willing to help you settle in. Take advantage of this time to ask questions and learn things.


If you are looking for a place to land on your feet the first day, contact Award Staffing. We are experts at matching people who are prepared to succeed with the best companies.