They can be your greatest asset, but they are also your greatest weakness. Every individual employee makes up the fabric of the whole business, so ignoring any problems with your team is going to blow up in your face at some point and rarely is it pretty. Here, we’re going to identify three common problems that new employers face and the simple steps you can put into practice that help you get the best of a happier, more productive, and more skilled team.

Bad Policy

This is perhaps the most dangerous of all bad employer practices.

An informal approach to policy, especially around sensitive subjects such as hiring, firing, harassment, and misconduct, can put you in a lot of trouble. As soon as you can, you need to codify an HR policy. It needs to cover punitive and correctional moves to address problems with the employees, as well as the circumstances for occasions such as a termination or a promotion.

The roles, rules, consequences and tools used to support employees need to be ruled out. One of the most important rules is to make sure you start recording every piece of official correspondence with employees. A business needs to protect itself, and those recordings can serve as the evidence that better helps you protect yourself in the event you’re accused of unlawful or discriminatory practices.

Shoddy Organization

You don’t need things to get hostile and litigious to be in trouble, however. When you have a lot of people, you also have a lot more to manage. There are records to keep, payroll to track, recruitment needs, benefits and so on, and so forth. Without human resources software, these tasks can take up the majority of your workday (or whoever is assigned to them). That’s just one of the problems of productivity you have to tackle to be a better manager. Similar tools exist for all kinds of administrative practices, allowing you to cut the busy work and properly engage with both the employees and running the business.

You don’t need things to get hostile and litigious to be in trouble, however. When you have a lot of people, you also have a lot more to manage. There are records to keep, payroll to track, recruitment needs, benefits and so on, and so forth. Without human resources software, these tasks can take up the majority of your workday (or whoever is assigned to them). That’s just one of the problems of productivity you have to tackle to be a better manager. Similar tools exist for all kinds of administrative practices, allowing you to cut the busy work and properly engage with both the employees and running the business.

Bad Fits

It’s a very common issue with inexperienced employers. They aren’t getting the right people for the job. Obviously, this leads to problems of poor results, a work environment that doesn’t gel well, and a company that’s a lot more likely to fail. To that end, you need to look at how you attract the cream of the crop.

The issue may be, for instance, that you’re not spending enough time thinking about and defining roles, highlighting your needs and better understanding what you’re looking for. Your employment practices might be too narrow, too. The vast majority of jobs aren’t placed in advertisements and listings, for one. That’s because savvy business owners spend more time scouting potential employees through networking opportunities, recruitment agencies and other means to get in touch directly with the exact kind of employee they’re after.

It takes time, money, and effort to invest into a team that’s worth keeping. However, your business simply won’t be able to excel without it. Take a look at your own organization and see if you can spot any of the problems mentioned above. This only marks the start of your journey, too. The best businesses rely on the best people. Think of other ways you can get them on your side.