Recruiting and hiring

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Recruit and hire employees FAQs

Recruiting, hiring and firing employees are challenging tasks for small business owners. Finding the right talent and retaining your best workers can be difficult. Additionally, how people work and choose to work is constantly evolving, forcing HR professionals and business owners to be creative.

How do I write a good job description?

Writing a good job description is critical to attracting the right talent for your company. Part of creating a job description is defining what your needs are and how that person will fit into your current team structure. You need to create an accurate, searchable job title. Since most job descriptions are posted online, you need to use keywords and job description that can be found using search tools.

Tips for writing job descriptions

  • Don't use unusual, non-searchable job titles
  • Avoid using industry jargon, if possible
  • Considering hiring a recruiting agency to help
  • Be specific, so you attract those with the correct skills
  • List your benefits and time-off plan
  • Avoid discriminatory language
  • Consider including a "nice-to-have" skills list
  • Save everyone time by including a salary range

How do pre-employment drug tests work in recreational marijuana states?

While many states have passed medical and recreational marijuana laws, using marijuana is still illegal by federal law. Additionally, certain jobs may require that employees refrain from legal and illicit substances for optimal performance. You can require that employees take pre-employment and post-employment drug tests; however, you should communicate testing requirements clearly before and after hiring. In most cases, testing is limited to heavily regulated positions such as truck drivers and pilots. Most include testing information in the employee handbook and the require the employee to sign in agreement to the company policies. Some have claimed workplace discrimination when being reprimanded for medical marijuana use, so you need to be careful about testing requirements. To help you navigate your state's marijuana laws, you may benefit from consulting with an employment lawyer.

Should I hire remote workers?

Nowadays some companies do not even have an office. Everyone works remotely and they may get together a few times per year, often just team building. It is predicted that in the near future many workers will work from home. Advances in technology have negated the need for employees to work from the same location. Hiring remote workers also usually reduce costs for the company and the employee.

Benefits of hiring remote workers:

  • You can hire the best talent regardless of where they live.
  • Operating costs (internet, computers, office supplies) are usually less.
  • Often fewer sick days are taken by those that can work from home.
  • Stress levels may be lowered by eliminating long, daily commutes.
  • Employees save money and may opt for a lower salary.
  • Some studies show a lower turnover rate.
  • Performance becomes more important than "hours in the seat."
  • You may be able to create a more diverse team and work across time zones.
  • You can save money by hiring people who live in areas with a low cost of living.