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Hiring Employees

Most businesses need employees to help with day-to-day operations. While hiring employees can certainly make it easier to get all the work done, having even a single employee can make operating your business more complicated.


Hiring for your business needs

  • Before hiring, determine how many employees you need and what specific jobs must be filled.
  • Consider developing job profiles which outline roles and responsibilities for each position you'll need, to help provide clarity before you start hiring.
  • Hiring the right number of employees is critical, especially during the early years of your business.
  • If you hire too many employees, you may not be able to pay them, too few and you may not be able to meet the demands of your customers.


Consider taking leadership courses to help you perfect your management style—that way, you’ll have a greater chance of retaining the employees you’ve put time and money into training.

Legal & financial issues

Before you can pay your employees you'll need to set up a payroll plan and create a payroll account. You'll need to make deductions from their paycheques for income tax, employment insurance and pension plans. You also have to pay Worker's Compensation costs to protect your employees in the event that they are injured while on the job. It is important to understand and follow the Employment Standards Act to ensure you are compliant and up-to-date with all related HR policies.

Effective management

  • In order to effectively manage your employees you'll need to establish work rules and policies.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with all of your employees, and be prepared to discipline employees should they break with your policy.
  • All of these rules, and any disagreements arising from them should be recorded in order to prevent your company being held liable for the actions of an employee.


Your employees are an investment in your company so keep them happy and give them the tools they need to do their job well—that way, you’ll reward yourself with a well-run business.

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