Why should I employ people?

I recently had the pleasure of delivering a seminar to members of a business networking group I attend. The presentation, titled ‘Effective Recruitment and Interviews’, covered the recruitment process; from placing a job advert through to post-selection induction and probationary periods.

By Karen Credie, KMCHR.

As many business owners will know, recruitment is an extremely challenging aspect of running a business. Not only is it time consuming and difficult to get right, but of course the recruitment process in itself can leave you open to potential claims if a prospective candidate feels they have been unfairly treated or discriminated against.

After running through all of the various aspects of the seminar, which I am delighted to say was very well attended and resulted in quite a degree of audience interaction and debate, one of the comments from the audience was “Why should I employ people?”

Despite the various hurdles involved with recruitment, taking on staff can of course facilitate and indeed enable business growth. Whether taking somebody on to fulfil a specific needs gap, provide a skill or expertise that would otherwise be absent, bring a previously outsourced expense in-house, or simply freeing up management time by employing a PA or administrator, the benefits of taking on new staff can be significant and in the majority of cases, allow a positive impact to the business’ bottom line.

The success of a business often hinges on the efforts of employees and as many business owners will assert, a business is nothing without its people.

The simple answer to the question ‘Why should I employ people’ is that, for many businesses, whether to employ people or not is simply not an option. From day one, many business models will require staff in order for the business to function. So in reality, the question should not be ‘Why should I employ people?’ but rather ‘How can I ensure I do it right’? Creating a successful team can be one of the most rewarding things you can do in a business – both financially and personally. If you struggle with the process of interviewing or recruiting staff, KMC HR provide training on how to tackle the process and get it right first time.