Hiring can be an expensive and extensive process. While some costs are unavoidable, there are plenty of ways to cut back on expenses through the hiring process. Here are some methods to cut costs and create happier employees.
- Hire the right employees
From job ads to background checks, hiring a new employee will cost money. Let’s not forget the time-consuming process of interviewing, onboarding, and training. That being said, you’ll want to make sure you hire the right employee from the start. Early turnover in new employees forces additional costs and time into redoing the hiring process.
Don’t overlook the convenience of internal promotions. Sometimes the best employees for a bigger role are already working for you. Instead of pursuing an external hire for the roles with higher responsibility, consider promoting within your company. It will save you time and hiring costs. It will also encourage employee engagement and boost morale within the company.
- Interviews are key
Interviews are your time to get a feel of your potential candidate. You will see if they are a good fit for your company. Get to know them through questions about their work experience, habits, and personality. For an added bonus, their answers will allow you to gauge their communication skills. In order to evaluate each candidate fairly, create an assessment system to base your interview responses upon.
Keep in mind that the interview doesn’t necessarily start with the first question. Observe their behavior and take note of the confidence (or lack of confidence) in their body language. It may be overstated, but a firm handshake can tell a lot about their confidence and enthusiasm.
- Structure your onboarding process
Onboarding can be a lengthy process. If you don’t have structure, onboarding can get even more dragged out by the mess of paperwork and documentation. Find an onboarding software that helps to streamline the process. It is especially important to consider your process as you onboard remote employees.
As it is important to properly enter your new employees into the system, you’ll want to make sure you are following government standards and FCRA compliance with the appropriate documentation.
Additionally, this will be your new employees’ first real glimpse into the culture of your company. You’ll want to provide them with the proper information to integrate them into your team and make them feel welcomed.
- Simplify training
Along with onboarding, training can become laborious and frustrating if it is not properly organized. Consider the best process for training your new employees. If you have a group of employees starting at once, it may help to conduct certain training as a group. Otherwise, you can pair up your new-hires to follow a “shadow” training structure with your experienced employees. Implement some team-building activities to help make them feel comfortable.
Strong training will help your new employee feel confident about the role they are taking on at the company. Be willing to answer any questions they may have. Make sure to check in with new employees throughout their training process to see how they are feeling.
- Create a positive work environment
In order to create a positive work environment, you’ll want to make sure you have employees who enjoy coming to work. Happy employees are likely to stick around with your company.
Complete regular check-ins with your employees to get their input and feedback regarding the company and see how they’re doing outside of work. Employees feel valued when they are asked for their opinion, but that is only half the process. Be sure to follow up with their thoughts or concerns. You’ll find that these employees will not only stick around with your company longer, but they will also produce better work.
Although your circumstances may require you to hire employees quickly, take some time to consider your approach regarding the hiring process. The simplest adjustment can make the biggest difference, and you’ll be able to save yourself even more time and money in the long run.