If you own a homestead with land and animals, you will be aware that running it is a full time job in itself. You may even be looking a hiring employees for your homestead.
Keeping the land and livestock maintained is an intense process that depends on the seasons, weather, financial viability and other factors.
If you are thinking of hiring someone experienced to help you with your land and maintenance, here is your definitive guide to hiring people for the first time!
The Legal Side Of Hiring employees for your homestead
As a first-time employer, there are things you need to know about hiring a person.
It is a very serious decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
While many people operate on the ‘gig economy’, i.e casual work, hiring somebody full time comes with responsibilities.
Firstly, you should educate yourself on workers’ rights.
This includes payment, sick pay, belonging to a union and other factors that any employee will take very seriously.
Make sure that your terms are not in breach of the workers’ rights and stay up to date with any changes that may occur.
In addition, hiring maintenance help for your home will likely require operating machinery and wearing protective wear – even if that is just gloves and sturdy boots.
To avoid any injuries at the place of work, make sure to train your new recruit fully and help them with any queries. If they do have an accident while at work, reach out to a reliable personal injury law firm for representation.
The Personal Side Of Hiring
Now comes to the personal side of hiring an employee or multiple employees. Many people automatically opt for the most qualified, knowledgeable person for the job – and understandably so. However, there are many other factors to consider. Let’s take a look at the key factors to consider when hiring someone.
- References. Can the person provide references? One glowing reference from a long standing previous employer is probably more important than lofty qualifications or experience. You can always train a person in skills, but it is very hard to train an attitude or work ethic.
- Availability. Does the person’s availability match your needs? At the end of the day, you are hiring someone in order to alleviate your stress and responsibilities, not to create a whole set of new ones. Scheduling is vital to keeping the place running smoothly.
- Read the room. Your gut is very rarely mistaken, and first impressions do matter. So when you meet the person for an interview or face-to-face chat, what do you feel? Your homestead will already have its traditions, priorities and its own vibe, so hiring someone that fits in with your flow is very important.
- Pay. Always be upfront about how much you are willing to pay a person, and the payment scheduling. There’s nothing worse than getting your wires crossed with an employee about how much they are owed – it can get ugly, fast.
If you love your homestead and want to expand it with a crew, follow this guide to help you with the hiring process!