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10 Tips to Help Small Businesses Avoid Costly HR Errors: Kim Shepherd Advises SHRM

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Decision Toolbox CEO Kim Shepherd recently spoke with SHRM writer Greg Wright on advice for small businesses to help them avoid costly HR errors.

Her advice included (excerpts from the article):

Don’t Delay Hiring Good Talent: Small business owners often interview the wrong way, according to Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox, a recruitment products and services company in Irvine, Calif. They may interview one candidate on Tuesday, the next on Wednesday and a third on Friday, she said. Then they may wait until the following week to review resumes and even longer to make a hiring decision. Smaller businesses need to be “speedboats” and outmaneuver sometimes slower, bigger companies when it comes to hiring, Shepherd said. Since the economy and job market is recovering, more jobs are available, and the best candidates may be weighing other job offers. Instead of dragging out the hiring process, small businesses should interview all candidates for a position on the same day and ask them the same list of questions so they can easily compare and evaluate the applicants, she suggested. The employer can then decide who gets the job later the same day, Shepherd concluded.

Onboard Employees Immediately: Small businesses waste time and lose business opportunities by not prepping employees before the first day of work, Shepherd and Fosburg agreed. Get new employees business cards, a telephone line and benefits forms before their first day of work so they can hit the ground running, Shepherd asserted. DelPonte suggested smaller companies automate collecting paperwork to ensure that new hires complete and hand in all needed documents, especially employees who work remotely. It is also important to let new employees know what tasks they need to complete before their first day.

See the rest of the tips in the full article here.

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