One Thing to Remember About Hiring for a California Contracting Business
If your contracting company gets big enough, there will probably come a point where you will have to hire other construction professionals to work for you. That can be a great thing, since it means your company can tackle bigger projects, but you also have to be very careful. You might not realize it in the beginning, but anyone who represents you is your business, and you’re always going to be liable for what they do.
That means that, if they do great work, show up on time, and treat customers respectfully, then you’re leaving a great impression. On the other hand, though, if they use foul language, show up in a condition that isn’t safe for work, don’t finish projects to your standards, or otherwise offend customers, that’s going to reflect poorly on you and cost you more projects in the long run.
So, how do you make sure you have the right people on your side? Generally speaking, experience and careful screening processes are the best guide, but here are a few tips to get started:
Hire carefully. Far too many contractors simply hire the first person who shows up, or take someone to a job site following a quick referral or recommendation. It’s your company that’s on the line, so be careful.
Make use of background checks. These days, background checks are quick and inexpensive. Find out the basics about the people that you have working for you, and especially whether they have a criminal history that involves theft, drug use, etc.
Keep the right insurance and legal safeguards in place. Because more employees mean more liability, it’s important that you’re protected with the proper insurance and business paperwork. Talk to a member of our team to learn more about the details.
Supervise employees closely, at least at first. You might not have liked it when your boss looked on just over your shoulder, but it’s not a bad idea to supervise new employees closely to ensure that they’re doing things the right way and coming to work with the right attitude.
Fix hiring mistakes quickly. If you find you have to let someone go, talk to a lawyer and then put the pieces in motion. Having the wrong employee costs you money and credibility, so don’t let the situation go on for longer than it should.
Remember, your contracting business, and its reputation, is just as affected by the people you hire as it is your own actions. Keep that in mind and be sure to only bring in men and women who can help you meet the same high standards of quality that you would expect from yourself.
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