As a small business owner, would you call yourself a ‘reluctant leader’? is it a title that you identify with.
Did you start your company because you had an exciting product or service to share, and believed in the impact that it could have on the world, only to realise as you grow there are a ton of extra responsibilities that end up on your agenda.
Hopefully, one of these is building and managing a team of productive and motivated employees, who can help you to reach these goals, but it’s easier said than done!
There are a few common mistakes that many owners make, often without realising, let’s take a look at what they are, and what you should do about them…
Acting with the best intentions, without understanding the law
You value your employees and want to do your best by them. You have absolutely no intention of doing anything that could potentially harm your business or bring it into disrepute. The reality is though, that simply trying to do what feels right and fair often just doesn’t cut it.
Employment law can be complex, and it’s your responsibility to make sure that your business is compliant. Do you understand, for example, the legislation around acceptable working hours? Or how you should support disabled members of staff? Or what to do if a worker is expecting a baby? If not, then you need to either improve your knowledge, or take advice from an expert.
Developing policies and procedures as the need arises
Perhaps you’ve never really considered how you would handle the situation if a member of staff started to underperform, or if their behaviour became unacceptable. Surely, you can address issues like this as and when they arise? This approach certainly isn’t ideal, and it can result in all sorts of problems.
If you don’t have robust policies and procedures in place, then consider this your wake-up call. Not only will making changes reduce your risk of running into difficulties, but it can also help you to drive your business forward.
Investing in HR
While many business owners think about working with an HR consultant, they imagine that it might be something that they’ll do in the future, once they’ve built a huge team. In actual fact though, we can provide affordable solutions to businesses with just a few employees, and really help nip any potential problems in the bud, and create a clear growth plan for the future.
Seeking out HR help earlier can ensure that any niggling issues don’t become the norm in your workplace and can give you peace of mind in your role as an employer.
If you’re reading this and you know that you’re guilty of making any of these mistakes, then please do get in touch, we can arrange to have a no-obligation consultation and make a plan for getting your business firmly on the right track!