Exposing some staffing myths There are some myths or false assumptions surrounding the staffing subject especially in case of small businesses. Running a small business requires certain skills and etiquettes in conformity with the cost of running the business. The staffing needs of small business are as important as in case of a medium or large size business enterprises. There are however some staffing myths that are quite popular within the realms of small business organizations and these are: 1. Utilizing the services of family members or relatives: It is a false assumption that hiring family members or relatives as employees of the organization will reduce the wage costs. In fact, it creates a sense of insecurity among the employees who are not related with the business owner of the concerned organization. A paid employee can be directed well if he or she commits errors but it is not so easy in case of family member or relatives. Moreover, other employees or people have to compensate for the errors being committed by these members thereby loosing valuable productive time of the concerned employees. Exceptions are there if the family member or relative had a deep knowledge and skills about the functions of the organization. 2. Hiring young people will cost less: Hiring young people because they are perceived to be hired for a lesser costs is a myth. Even though they may be hired with lower costs in the short term may prove to be costly in the long run due to training, more supervision costs and cost of errors committed due to inexperience. Therefore, the best bet is to hire more experienced persons on the job despite of them being expensive. 3. Sticking with casual, temporary/contract employees: Even though hiring temporary, contract or casual employees may prove to be flexible and it also avoids paying them employee benefits (that are required to be paid for a permanent employees) may not be the best way to run small businesses. A business on a long term basis requires committed, faithful and engaged group of people who are desirous and passionate about the growth of the organization. Even though, short term employees can be used for tasks that are really for shorter periods but when it comes for an ongoing work, it is better to hire those people who are committed towards the company’s growth. These are some of the popular staffing myths concerned with small enterprises.
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