Recruiting Tips for Salaried and Hourly Employees

December 16th, 2011

Not all employees are created alike. And one of the big differences in successful recruiting is knowing the differences between what makes a great hire for a salaried position versus what’s best in an hourly employee. The hiring strategies can be very different.

Start by considering the open position you’re recruiting for. What are the features and benefits and who is best suited to fill the opening? When recruiting for an hourly position, the following features and benefits are generally most attractive:

*   Flexible shift
*   Potential for overtime
*   Good schedule for a person working more than one job

Many hourly positions pay relatively little and are often regarded as entry-level jobs. The work is usually task-oriented, meaning the employee does one or two or a few things throughout the working day, with a beginning and end to the tasks that can be measured as specific achievements. This limited scope of responsibility is ideal for some workers.

A salaried position, on the other hand, is more complex. It comes with additional demands as well as additional benefits. Make sure the person being considered for this opening understands that you, the employer, are looking at the new hire as a long-time investment. Features and benefits for the salaried position may include:

*   Retirement plan, health care plan, profit sharing
*   Additional compensation options such as bonuses

Again, keep in mind the importance of the position. Recruiting for a salaried employee will generally take longer, because you are investing more time and money in selecting the right person for the job. If it’s a managerial position, the ideal job candidate will have a proven track record of responsibility, accountability and maturity – more than an hourly position might require. And this person has to be comfortable knowing that, unlike an hourly employee, there’s not always a clearly defined “end” to the assigned tasks and responsibilities.

For both salaried and hourly new hires, it’s important to clearly define what the position entails and that, in the case of an hourly position, hours may be added or trimmed based on unforeseeable future conditions. This way, both employer and employee know what to expect going in – regardless of the position.