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How to be a good employer

The right candidate is hard to find. Once you have found the right fit for your company you need to work to keep them. Here is everything you need to know about keeping an employee happy.

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Get the basics right

The most important function in your role as employer is to pay your employees the right amount, promptly and to handle all their paperwork properly. You are obliged to maintain and store their payroll information securely. You might not have the time or the head space for this on top of running a business, which is where Small Business Payroll comes in. We can deal with all your payroll administration – including providing payslips and dealing with Revenue – on your behalf.

Be clear about your expectations

It is your legal obligation to provide your employees with key terms of their employment in writing within 5 days of them commencing employment and to provide your staff with a suitable contract of employment within the first 60 days of them commencing employment with you. For help with an employment contract template, contact Small Business Payroll.

Be an approachable boss

Make it clear that your staff can approach you if they are unclear about something – don’t expect them to second guess your demands. Let them know their short and long-term goals. Communicate with them what you expect of them in order to do their job well. Make them feel like part of the team. By outsourcing the paperwork and admin associated with hiring staff to our team at Small Business Payroll, you can free up space for more meaningful dialogue around getting the most from your staff (and not fielding emails about holiday leave and payslips).

Schedule regular updates

Time is precious, but by carving out a short ten-minute window to check in with your staff – including updating them on how the business is doing, you can make them feel like a trusted part of the team. This time should not be dominated by administrative issues – issuing payslips, booking in leave or querying tax deductions. Let us take care of that for you to keep your relationship with your employees cleanly about the best interests of the business.

Give feedback- and listen to theirs

This should be done in a formal way at a pre-agreed interval i.e. three months and one year. Bring notes to the meeting and feedback on key areas for discussion, for example, professional growth, areas of improvement. You might also want to talk about their behaviour as an employee i.e. reliability, punctuality etc. Ask them about their ideas and insights – and complaints. This area of the conversation will flow a lot better if you have held up your side of the relationship as an employer. In other words, you have paid them the correct amount, on time and in a Revenue compliant way. This is where our team at Small Business Payroll have your back. We can look after all your payslips and the admin associated with hiring staff.

Be flexible

Staff are increasingly demanding alternative models to the traditional nine to five office role, with many seeking more work/life balance. A good boss is open to alternative arrangements where possible. At Small Business Payroll, we can work with you to tailor a suitable employment contract that lays out the specifics of these arrangements, and we can help calculate pro-rata salary as appropriate.


Small Business Payroll offers a complete payroll service for Small Businesses, saving your precious time for a small annual fee of €275. Buy now.