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Hiring Independent Contractors for cleaning

Posted By Dhruval Patel, Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hello,

I started my cleaning referral agency and I have the hardest time hiring independent contractors to start with my company. 

 

I post on Indeed and I get many applicants. I then text them to either fill out online application and other forms which did not go well as some try to fill it out and send incomplete application. I provide them clear direction on what to do with these online application. Some don't even respond to text.

 

I then tried texting these applicants to meet to discuss the position and fill out the forms in person. This is also not successfully as most cancel on me last minute or don't even respond.

 

Is anyone experienced this or experiencing this? It is so frustrating to deal with this unprofessional behavior. I can't start marketing to get clients because I am stuck with no staff. I have 2 staff ready but I need more. 

 

I feel that if you want to work then why not show that you want the job. 

 

I really need advise on what I should do to hire reliable independent contractors.

 

 

 

Tags:  employees  hiring  human resources  Interviewing 

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Creating an Employee Manual

Posted By Erin L. Lasch CAE, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

By Kyra Deprez

 

Whether you are just starting out or have been in business for many years, you should have an employee manual.  Your employee manual clearly states your company's policies and procedures. Having your policies and procedures in a manual ensures that all of your employees are getting the same information.


Your manual should include information about workplace ethics, expected behavior in regards to attendance, dress code information, as well as information on benefits.  Your manual can be as simple or as complex as you so desire.


There are many benefits to having an employee manual.

 

Communicates Policies and Procedures Consistently

Having an manual for your employees makes sure that everyone has received the same information.  It can help demonstrate professionalism through consistent communications.  It provides a framework to follow when issues arise.

 

Communicates Applicable Federal, State and Local Laws

Depending on where you conduct business there many be more than a few labor laws that you must adhere too.  Outlining these in your employee manual, along with a signed acknowledgement form can be crucial should an Unemployment Claim or Lawsuit ever arise.

 

Communicates Employee Safety

Working in the field has more safety issues than an office job.  Outlining your employee safety practices, as well as what to do when an accident happens is especially important (especially when it come to insurance).

 

Communicates Your Disciple Policy

Once again I will point out that you must treat your employees fairly, and have a clear and consistent discipline policy that is followed for each and every employee.

 

Communicate Your Policy on Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking

This just might seem like common sense...but having policies in place, and in writing is more important than you might think.


The SBA has some really great resources for creating an Employee Manual

And if you want to get started with a template you can grab a: Free Employee Manual Template.

 


 

 

Kyra Deprez is the VP of Customer Success at Fieldd Service Software.  Fieldd is the sister company to The Boardwalk Cleaning Co. Kyra writes about success as well as failures and has a passion for creating an exceptional customer experience.

Tags:  employees  human resources  personnel issues  policies and procedures 

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