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Do You Recognize A Good Employee When You See One?

Apr 1, 2008
When you own a small business and only employ a few people, it can be frustrating to be the boss and have to fill in when someone can not show up for work. You may have other business related matters to attend to, but end up having to run the counter for the day instead. This may not be the end of the world if it only happens occasionally, but your business will flounder and suffer if you are always required to pick up the slack because of the employees you hire.

Hiring employees might be something that is totally new to you if you have never done it before. A lot of times people who open a new small business of their own will be tempted to hire friends or relatives and sometimes this can work out alright, but sometimes it will just end up becoming a nightmare. It is a sad but true fact that when you employ relatives and friends, no one expects to be treated with favoritism more than they. They may not start out like that or be that way intentionally, but it will happen more often than you might be prepared to deal with.

You do not have to be a jerk to be a boss, but you are the boss. When you hire someone you must make sure you have rules concerning being on time, taking time off unexpectedly, and be clear about responsibilities of the job. You need to let them know the pay they will get, benefits they will have or not have, and when and if a pay raise will be forthcoming.

If you require total dependability, there are a few types of people you will need to steer clear of if possible. Many business owners will hire teenagers for certain jobs because they may require less pay, but what they do not usually take into account is that teenagers are not always reliable. Not that it is the case with all of them, just some. There are however things that are true with all of them usually. They attend school and that obligation should come first, they like to date on the weekends, or they might decide they had rather work somewhere else since your job will probably not be a permanent position for them anyway.

Then there are mothers with young children. They often need a job, maybe just part time, but they will have a responsibility at home if a child becomes ill and that will be their top priority, not your job. Not that you should not consider a mother with children, just be prepared to make allowances for her if necessary. When you hire a man with a family to support, be sure you are able to pay him enough to make the job worth while or chances are he will take something better when it comes along out of necessity.

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Rachel Yoshida is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of cash advance payday loans, and can help anyone get a cash advance in as little as 1 hour.
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