1. Know the applicable employment laws in every state where you have employees.
Two of the most common Department of Labor violations that we see are:
2. Know what kind of culture you want at your organization.
Culture and leadership are intertwined and will either get you into trouble or be the motivating factor for people to give you 100%. Decide what kind of culture is important to your success and what are your values. Be mindful, set the right leadership example, and involve your employees.
3. Know that you are in competition with other organizations.
Hiring the best people for your operation is essential and it’s a competition out there. So, be sure to address recruiting like any other competition. Learn the players, differentiate yourself, and develop and market your brand. Be sure that you lead the narrative, so claim your business on sites, like Indeed.com and GlassDoor.com and respond professionally to all comments, especially the negative ones.
4. Know that one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Spending the time to set clear expectations, provide resources, encourage questions, provide prompt feedback, and reward and incentivize your employees can be a lot of work. But it’s so much better than waiting until problems arise that can lead to disruption, loss of customers, morale issues, high payroll costs, turnover, and/or legal issues…and which are still a lot of work..and a lot of expense.
5. Know that you need proactive risk management strategies.
Risk management begins with assessing and analyzing risks, particularly the likelihood and severity of problems that could occur within your organization. It could be a lawsuit, an injury, a data leak, or physical damage to your building. Can you avoid the risk? How do you mitigate the risks? Is transferring risk a possibility? Or are there certain risks that you must accept because the potential benefit outweighs the risks?
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