When you run a small business, you can't afford people who are just there for a paycheck. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you get the best possible hires for your business:
1. Go Beyond Your Human Resources Team
Hiring is primary the purview of your human resources team, but that doesn't mean they're the only tool at your disposal. Finding the right people is often a matter of knowing the right people, so get the rest of the office in on it. Offer them incentives, like a monetary bonus, for recommending employees who stay on for at least a certain amount of time at the company.
Let them find potential hires the way they want. Word-of-mouth, social media - it doesn't matter, as long as they get the word out. However, remember that everyone they recommend still needs to go through HR. Your employees may have discovered the hire, but it doesn't mean they don't have to go through the right vetting and channels.
2. Promote Internally
Sometimes, it's not a matter of finding a new hire, but rediscovering someone in your company. If you're healthy on manpower but need a new position filled, consider promoting from within. Not only will this save you on hiring costs, but it'll promote the idea that there's room for advancement, which can increase employee loyalty.
3. Contact Industry Groups
Every industry has groups within it. To make it easier for your human resources team, have them contact those groups first when they're looking for new hires. While job boards and services will always have value, talking to an industry-related organization will help streamline the process because everyone there will at the very least be familiar with what you're trying to accomplish. This leads to not just a better crop of potential employees, but can help ease the onboarding process.
While the benefit of organizations to your small business is there, make sure to only stick to groups that have some form of accreditation process for membership. Connections to the community are great, but you need to stick to high standards when getting employees.
4. Offer Paid Internships
The big problem many small business face when it comes to new employees is that you don't really know how they'll perform. On paper, they may seem fine - but that's no guarantee that they'll actually work well with your team. However, interns are an exception to the rule. Offering paid internships lets you get a preview of up-and-coming talent. Not only do you get first dibs on graduates and would-be graduates, you get to see if they're a good fit for your company.
No small business can succeed without a strong set of employees. If you can't refine your hiring process, you'll end up stuck with poor fits, which will hamper the company's functions and productivity. Any time, money, and effort invested in your hiring processes goes straight to brightening your company's future.