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Unfortunately, in today’s environment, preparing for a disaster in the workplace is essential. Though no one wants to think that something bad could happen to them, the truth is, it could happen to anymore, no matter where you are.
While this may sound alarming, and it is, there is less of a need to worry if you know that your office is prepared for these situations. As an HR professional, having a plan for a potential disaster can help keep employees safe.
Here are three common natural and manmade disasters that can impact your workplace and how to prepare and protect your employees:
Get Your New Employee up to Speed Before They Start
Hiring a new employee is an investment in your company’s future. It requires paying for recruitment fees, background checks, time lost, and the other expenses associated with a new hire. For companies with 0-500 employees, this expense can range anywhere between $4,000 and $7,500. Onboarding a new hire is a comprehensive process that can take up to a year to complete. The sooner you get your new employee up to speed, the sooner they can get to work, and the sooner you can start recouping your expenses.
The HR Professional’s Role as Interviewer
As an HR professional, you’re frequently responsible for making major decisions in personnel. New hire decisions can be difficult, and perfecting the interview process may take time. In order to attract and retain the highest quality workforce, it’s important to remember that the candidate is interviewing you as well. As the candidate’s first exposure to your company, your first impression can make or break the interviewee’s decision to move forward. Furthermore, it’s important for HR professionals to understand best practices and legal guidelines that pertain to hiring. Otherwise, you may make yourself vulnerable to an expensive discrimination lawsuit.
Here are some of the most important do’s and don’t of conducting an interview as an HR professional.