Deciding to start hiring employees is a big step to take for most small companies, and many business owners do not know what they are getting into before they decide to go on their first recruitment drive. Therefore, here is a guide to some of the top aspects of employment that you need to consider before signing the first employment contract.

Health and Safety Compliance

To prevent being sued by your employees and to protect them from getting injured when they are at work, you must be aware of how to stay compliant with health and safety regulations. For instance, you should know of the risks that your workplace presents, remove any hazards, such as loose wiring, train your employees how to use dangerous machinery, and consider hiring a health and safety officer who can assess your workplace’s safety at all times. If your business works around natural water or water systems, you also need to be aware of legionella compliance, which is explained at Dakro Environmental, to prevent your employees from falling ill with a life-threatening infection.

Your Recruitment Process

When you are planning to hire employees, you should also consider your recruitment process and how you can adapt this to make sure that you are consistently able to hire skilled talent. For instance, you might consider downloading HR software that can help you to filter applications and to find candidates with the skills and experience that you are looking for in your ideal new team member.


Once you have found your perfect employee, though, you also need to know how you can retain them and their skills. For instance, you can boost employee loyalty and retainment within your firm by offering enviable incentives, such as additional days off, vacation and sick pay, health insurance, as well as flexible working hours. You can also boost retainment by listening to your employee’s voices and by asking for feedback, by offering employee rewards such as summer parties, and by creating a welcoming and inspiring working environment.

Pay Rates

Before you start to bring employees on board, you also need to have some idea of the rate of pay that you will offer as people rise up the ranks. You can do this by conducting research on what salaries that companies within your industry are offering for similar jobs, as well as considering the skills and qualifications are required for the job in question, in addition to aspects of the job such as its hours and the dedication that the role demands.

Laws Around Employment

You also need to consider the laws that are centered on employment. For instance, your employees will have to sign a contract that covers the terms and the nature of their new job role, and they will have to sign a new contract if their duties or hours change. You should also make sure that you are up to date with laws concerning working hours, redundancy and employment termination, and discrimination.



By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.