Common Human Resources Mistakes (& How to Avoid Them)

employee-managementEmployees are an integral part of any business, and any human resource mistakes made while dealing with employees can hurt both your employees and your company. Some of these mistakes have the potential to haunt your company, producing consequences for years to come.

It’s important to make sure your business or company avoids these common mistakes:

Lazy job definition and descriptions: Take time to describe the job you are hiring for— in order to let potential employers know exactly what you are looking for, be specific. Your description should include the education, skills, and training that you want in a candidate, and you should only interview those who meet your requirements.

Inappropriate interview questions: It’s not exactly common sense anymore that certain questions should not be asked during an interview. Asking questions based on race, age, sex, or religion can land you and your company in big trouble— and it is up to you to make sure that you avoid such questions.

Hiring the wrong people: It’s obvious why hiring the wrong people can harm your business. When conducting an interview, make sure you are asking concise questions. Ask yourself if you can see the candidate as an integral part of your business. Make sure the candidate knows from the beginning exactly what you expect of them.

Not taking enough time to train your employees: Most businesses know the importance of taking the time to properly train an employee when they first start, but it is also crucial that you continually train your employees. This can mean anything from continuing education, leadership, basic supervisory, and skills-based training. These kinds of measures will keep your company a step ahead of your competitors, while also improving the opportunities given to your employees.

Not knowing your competitors: There are a lot of different reasons you need to not only know who your competitors are, but also keep tabs on them. When it comes down to keeping your employees, it’s important to know what your competitors are offering salary and benefit-wise. Keeping salaries and benefits up to industry standards is imperative. If you don’t, your competitors will have a much easier time stealing your best employees away from you.

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