Every small business is an ecosystem in its own. The owner isn’t just the boss, but someone who has poured blood, sweat, and tears into the project. This is a good reason for every small business owner to take a moment and make some crucial decisions before hiring a new employee. Going with that gut feeling isn’t always the best way to keep an employee. Follow these five steps for better hiring practices.

Create a list of needed skills and talents

Decide what the business really needs and what it doesn’t  Does it need a computer programmer that is also an artist? Does the food counter need a barista to serve coffee? Is the accounting department in need of someone who is actually trained in accounting? Figure out what skills and talents are needed before the hiring process begins.

Define the position

Once lists of skills are down on paper, define what work the position will entail. This will help the current staff understand the role of the new employee and will also help the new staff member know his role when they start their job. It is also a good idea to define your position to the new employee. If you are the owner, make sure the potential recruits know you are the owner. This will help morale in for the entire staff in the future.

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Offer a good wage for the job

Not all small businesses can pay a substantial wage, but make sure the wage that is offered is what the business can afford. A person coming to interview for the position should have a reason to bring out the very best, offering a good wage for the job will help. The wage should be, in the least, comparable to the same job in other small businesses in the industry.

Do background research

In a small business environment, everyone works together in close proximity on a daily basis. It is a good idea to do a little research on potential candidates. There are certain things that shouldn’t keep you from hiring the candidate, but keep in mind that his attitude and outlook on life may not match up with the current employees.

Hire slowly, fire quickly

The process in hiring a new employee should be approached with care and diligence. A new employee is like adding a new cog in a machine. The cog has to work right or else the whole machine will break. Finding the right employee to fill the position must be handed with extreme care. If the person that is hired doesn’t work out, don’t be afraid to let that person go. This process should be quick and as painless for the business as possible. If the new employee isn’t a good fit, this could cause moral to decline around the business. Keeping the new hire around will just create more issues. Let the person go so both your company and the employee can get on with life.

Author Bio:

James Donaldson is an experienced lecturer at a reputable university in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed numerous amounts of postgraduate study to gain suitable qualifications in his desired field and plans to continue further developing his professional knowledge.