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How long should I wait before creating a new job for my company?

By Irelis Arias on 10/2/2014

​While the answer varies from situation to situation, there is a general rule of thumb:

Create jobs when you’re sure that you need them and can afford them.

Most businesses have seasons when they’re busier than other times of the year. If your employees are overworked and staying late during your usual busy season, don’t rush to create jobs just yet. You may only need seasonal workers, not full-time employees. Unless your situation is dire, let the busy season pass before bringing in a new full-time employee. Once it’s passed, if your employees are still working longer hours or if it’s a permanent upswing in demand, then you should start creating a new job.

Don’t wait too long before hiring someone new, however – if your employees are too overworked for too long, they may start to disengage from their jobs or leave your company entirely. Try to reassure your employees that you understand their situation and appreciate their hard work. Ask for regular feedback and give out frequent recognition to keep employees happy.​​

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Irelis Arias
Irelis Arias is a Human Resources Director who specializes in employee relations, leadership and employee development, recruitment, training, compensation, and benefits. Irelis draws from 20 years of HR compliance and employment law experience, including 12 years working for a top national labor and employment law firm.
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