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Being careful about hiring practices important for entrepreneurs

When you are starting a new business, among the things you may find yourself doing is hiring employees for your company. The hiring process is a very impactful one. What you do during this process could have major implications for your company’s future.

There are many reasons why exercising care and avoiding mistakes when it comes to one’s hiring practices is so important for an entrepreneur when getting a startup off the group.

For one, some missteps could expose their still-new company to legal problems. Facing legal troubles early in the game could greatly impact a startup’s ability to launch successfully and have staying power. There are various things employers are not allowed to do when it comes to hiring. One of these is to discriminate based on race, gender, disability or other protected statuses in their hiring decisions. Legal actions can follow allegations of such discrimination. So, when taking efforts to bring on new employees, it can be vital for a startup owner to avoid policies or practices that could put them at risk of facing such accusations.

Lawyers skilled in helping businesses with employment law matters can advise startups and other companies on keeping their hiring practices and policies in compliance with anti-discrimination laws and other relevant rules.

Another thing missteps in the hiring process could lead to for a startup owner is their business not being able to attract the type and quality of employees that they need. Things that could potentially cause the owner of a new business to miss out on workers that would be a good fit for their business include:

  • Setting more difficult entry requirements for a job than are necessary.
  • Dismissing without reason the idea of hiring remote employees.
  • Letting big and prominent company names on a person’s resume blind one from paying attention to whether that worker would actually well-suited for one’s business.
  • Not giving thought to the concerns prospective workers might have regarding working for a startup.
  • When applicable, failing to allow a good avenue for employee referrals.

So, it can be important for a startup owner to give careful thought to whether their hiring practices are likely to attract and lead to the hiring of the type of talent that will help their business succeed.

Source: Business 2 Community, “5 Things Small Business Owners Should Know About Hiring,” Deji Atoyebi, Aug. 23, 2017

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