FRIDAY HR FAQS – First Aid at work – What do I need to do?

First aid at work is a very important element of ensuring compliance with your duty of care as an employer in regards to Health & Safety. While of course we hope it is never needed, you must consider the risks your employees may be exposed to while carrying out their duties to prevent any accidents, and if they do occur, are well prepared and able to deal with them.

As an employer, you are legally required to take care of your employees should they become ill or have an accident while at work. Having trained first aiders could make the difference in preventing minor incidents becoming major ones. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, state that employers should provide adequate and appropriate equipment and enough trained first aiders to help injured or ill employees.

The rules and regulations surrounding first aid at work can be confusing and perhaps a little vague, so we have put together the basics to help you understand what is needed, to meet you obligations as an employer.

Firstly you must assess the first aid needs based on the nature of your business and provide adequate equipment and appropriate training. So, start off by considering what are the potential health and safety risks within the business, in order to decide what needs to be put in place. For example, the number of employees, the nature of the work carried out, the layout of the office/site environment, whether any employees have any existing medical conditions or disabilities that need special consideration?, whether employees travel for work?, out of hours working/shift work, whether you have a high number of visitors to the site?

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Also consider practicalities, for example, if you decide to have one first aider, would all shifts be covered? and what happens if the appointed person is off sick or on holiday?

Businesses which are considered small low risk environments, may decide they only need to have a first aid box and someone responsible for stocking this, recording accidents and calling the emergency services if necessary.  Whereas larger or higher risk environments such as a factory or construction site, where there are greater health and safety risks, at least one fully trained first aider would be required. All first aid arrangements put in place must be communicated to employees.

We would recommend keeping a record of this risk assessment, to prove you have duly considered all risks and made a judgement on the provision for first aid within the workplace.

Once you have a risk assessment completed, you can decide how many first aiders are needed. As mentioned, there is no right or wrong answer by law, but it needs to be ‘adequate and appropriate’, but what does that mean?! This can be open to interpretation, but we would recommend as a guide that for low risk companies with 5 to 50 employees, you have at least one person formally trained in first aid, holding an Emergency First Aid at Work certificate, then another first aider per 50 additional employees. Under 5 employees, you should at least have an appointed person to take responsibility of first aid at work, they may not be first aid trained, but they will be responsible for ensuring the first aid box is fully stocked and calling the emergency services if required if an accident occurs.

First aid training is readily available from a variety of providers and locations, if you would like to have a discussion on how to implement it in your business, get in touch:+44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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Our new website has launched…

We are excited to announce our new and improved website has been launched…

We’ve listened to our clients and customers and made some key changes.

We our proud that we take an innovative approach to HR, cutting through the industry jargon to help make a real difference to any business, by providing excellent HR consultancy and HR support.

We know HR can be a scary prospect for businesses both big and small and there is a lot to take in.  However we ask questions that other HR consultancies don’t, because we want to make a positive impact on your business and understand your people, by providing excellent HR and Talent services in the form of employee documentation, support, management and advice regarding employment queries and processes.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Bullied by your Boss? What should you do?

Unfortunately these days, bullying does not get left in the school playground and for some it continues well into adulthood, making their lives miserable. Bullying is becoming more common within the workplace and while peer to peer bullying is bad enough, being bullied by your boss can be even worse!

It is of course important to distinguish between a manager being firm and disciplining if work needs to be improved (and they have the right to do this), or when it crosses the line into bullying. A bully seeks to control their target through humiliation, mistreatment, shaming, aggression, isolation and general unpleasant behaviour.

So what should you do?

Recognise what is happening. The first step in dealing with bullying, is to recognize it for what it is, to realise that you are not to blame and to protect yourself from harm. Ask yourself, are you given unreasonable tasks by your boss? Are you threatened? Are you insulted or criticised or ridiculed in front of colleagues? Are you yelled or sworn at? Are you constantly denied recognition for achievements? Are you made to feel excluded? These are all signs that you could be being bullied.

 

Document the situation. Make sure you keep a track of what is going on once you realise you could be being bullied. Document any incidents, so if the situation is ever dealt with formally, i.e. a grievance or disciplinary procedure, you have clear evidence to back you up. Keep it formal and factual rather than over emotional,  include dates, times, quotes, tone of voice, names of those involved including any witnesses present and how you felt at the time. Keep copies of any relevant documentation that could be used as evidence, i.e. email correspondence, performance review documents or text messages. Documenting is also good for your mental health, clearing things out of your head and making sense of it on paper.

Don’t isolate yourself. Bullies are experts in creating a feeling of self-doubt and making their targets feel alone – this increases vulnerability. So it is important not to cut yourself off, keep colleague relationships within the workplace as strong as possible to ensure you have a support network when dealing with this.

Don’t wait to ask for help! Talk to someone! This can be anyone, a friend, family member, colleague, a manager you trust or HR – talking about it will make you feel better! If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone you know, you can seek impartial advice elsewhere, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau or ACAS. Make sure you research your rights, this will strengthen and increase your confidence when reaching out for support.

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Make a complaint. If you feel comfortable enough, approach the person and tell them what they are doing is causing you upset – they may not be aware the effect their actions are having. This could be face to face or via email, but with either method, be firm but not aggressive, stay calm and stick to the facts.

Alternatively, you can raise a formal complaint against the person as a grievance, your employer should have a grievance procedure (generally available in the Employee handbook) which will outline the process of what you need to do. The result of the grievance could result in either a reconciliation between the parties involved, a recommendation for mediation and/or counselling to try and resolve the issue, or a decision to take disciplinary action against the bully. 

If you have any issues or concerns about bullying in the workplace but not sure where to begin then get in touch, HR Revolution are here to help; call us on: +44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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Don’t let Summer impact productivity…

Well the holiday season is well and truly underway and workers across the country are looking forward to a bit of well-deserved time away from their desks, or maybe they have just returned from holiday and their heads are still on a sandy beach somewhere sipping margaritas!

However, whilst many people will be worrying about how much they can squeeze into their luggage allowance and whether last year’s swimwear still fits, many business owners will have more pressing concerns;  how to ensure that the summer season doesn’t have a negative impact on productivity?

As always, we’re here to help with some practical suggestions. Read on to find out more about what you can do to ensure that you’re doing all you can to avoid any problems.

Organise the holiday rota in advance

If you find yourself in a situation whereby 50% of your employees are off at the same time, it’s quite likely that you’re going to run into difficulties and those employees who are in the office will be struggling to cover their teammates’ absences and keep up with demand.  We have just the software to help with this, breathhr, simplify and automate your people management, to find out more click here.

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Obviously, it might be a bit late to get this sorted out for this year, but it’s definitely worth taking the time to think about how you’ll approach the working calendar next summer. As well, it won’t be long before you’ll have to start thinking about how you’ll manage your employees over the Christmas period, so you can probably take away some very important lessons.

Bring the summer feeling to your office

When the weather’s warmer and there are – let’s face it – many other things that your employees would rather be doing than sitting in the office, it could be worthwhile to think about how you can raise spirits and inject a bit of oomph back into proceedings. If some members of staff are away on holiday, you can ensure that those who are left behind aren’t feeling deflated and demotivated.

Your approach here needn’t cost you a fortune, and there are many options for you to choose from. Could you get in touch with a local ice cream seller and have them come round your workplace with some cool treats, paid for by you? Could you contact a nearby personal trainer and ask them to lead an outdoor workout for your employees? Small gestures can make a big difference difference.

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Give your HR processes an overhaul

It’s natural that there will be certain times of the year when you notice a change in productivity. Sometimes, slight fluctuations are unavoidable, and you need to simply do all you can to minimise the impact. If reduced productivity has become a longstanding problem though, it’s time to address the reasons why, and do something about it.

Your people processes and procedures will often provide you with clues, and they can also be the remedy. Is your business suffering as a result of poor management practices? Are you using outdated systems? Are your employees dissatisfied with certain aspects of their roles, or the way in which the business is being operated?

An overall HR health-check/Audit could be exactly what you need to start making some positive changes. We’d be delighted to have an initial chat with you about how we could help, give HR Revolution a call: +44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk  where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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Ideas to help with your HR costs..

In any business there always has to be conversations about where you can cut down on spending and get a better handle on your finances. I think most business owners often recognise that whilst their people are their greatest asset, changes must sometimes be made to make sure that the company can weather any storms that might be coming its way.

However, HR is not just important within a business, it’s vital. Cutting corners, or cutting spending without thinking about the bigger picture, could leave you facing problems that will have a tangible and long-lasting impact on your business.

Sometimes it’s essential to be realistic, if you need to make savings to keep your operations afloat, you may need to examine where you’re perhaps spending money unnecessarily, or make choices that don’t result in the best possible return on investment.

If you are thinking about reigning in your HR budget and want to do it the right way, then you’ve come to the best place. Here, we are going to talk you through some key considerations to help you to understand where you can make those necessary cost savings.

Harness the power of technology

How much time are you currently spending on HR activities? From making sure that everyone gets paid on time, through to creating and filing end-of-year review documentation, seemingly small tasks can eat up a huge chunk of your day.

If you think that you could better use this time for more strategic activities, then the answer could be technology. There are plenty of options when it comes to affordable software solutions that improve your levels of compliance and ensure that you always know what needs to be done, and when.  HR Revolution offer a great HR admin solution designed to do this to find out more details breatheHR.

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Get creative with reward

You need to be offering employees a competitive benefits package if you want them to stick around – and we are sure you are fully aware of the implications that can arise if your best people start to look elsewhere because they don’t feel valued within your business.

The answer isn’t always about pay though. It comes down to getting to grips with what really makes your workforce tick – and often, it’s not what you think. How can you offer more flexibility? How can you empower your employers to lead fulfilled lives outside of the office? How can you create a better sense of community and joint purpose? Remember just throwing money at a problem rarely creates any kind of meaningful change.

Take communication online

How do your employees access important policy documents, employee handbooks? If you are providing hard copies, then make a change and get everything up on your internal intranet system. The cost savings may be very small, but this is about creating more productive ways to operate for the future.

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How HR Revolution can help

Ok you may feel that hiring a HR professional is going to involve a massive spend? Well, not necessarily. It’s wise to think about the bigger picture here. Do you have issues within your workforce that are bubbling away under the surface? well ignoring them won’t help and could prove to be hugely expensive in the longer term.

Think of it like this. A modest investment right now could pay dividends in terms of the hassle and fuss that you could avoid in the future. Can you really afford to find yourself facing an employment tribunal, and the consequences that this could have on your reputation as an employer? This might sound extreme, but it’s a very real possibility if you’re just hoping for the best when it comes to complying with relevant legislation.

This isn’t about making cuts for the sake of it. It’s about establishing what’s really adding value and what isn’t, and then implementing changes accordingly.

If you would like to find out how we can help, give HR Revolution a call: +44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk  where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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5 challenges of managing remote teams

Remote working or ‘working from home’ has become increasingly popular over recent years and with good reason. Businesses are changing and, in turn, so is the requirement for us all to be herded like sheep into grey office spaces miles from our homes. Business owners are starting to realise that certain employees can actually increase their quality of work and levels of productivity by being allowed the flexibility of remote working.

However, with an ever expanding global workforce, it’s becoming more and more important to be aware of the issues that arise in regards to effectively managing productivity within more productive remote teams, once you know what these are you can then decide whether or not it is a astute move for your business.

Below we list the 5 biggest challenges:

1. Accountability and visibility

Building trust between a manager and employee; if they aren’t sitting at their desk where you can see them, then how do you know they are working? If this isn’t addressed early on and you don’t have management information to see how and what they are delivering it will be an issue and one that could spiral out of control.

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2. Isolation and communication difficulties

If you have employees working remotely within different time zones, this may lead to a feeling of isolation for team members. If your employees also speak different languages there’s an added level of communication to factor in in order to make the team and business work.

3. Culture

A business that has their whole team or the majority of it’s employees working remotely will likely have to work harder than most to ensure it’s company culture is established and that individuals well-being is looked after. Remote working can cause a lack of team communication and therefore a poor company culture and team community – leading to employees feeling disconnected from the overall company mission and goals. A clear company culture and a feeling of purpose are essential for creating a motivated team, without these the team can begin to feel isolated and employees may become dissatisfied with their roles.

4. Security – both physical and digital

Policies and processes for office and online security are fairly straight forward to manage, but when you have remote workers the needs of those individuals may change because their working set-up is different. If appropriate security procedures aren’t dealt with as part of the remote working setupit could cause major issues and potential danger to business functionality. If remote workers feel unsupported or at risk this can quickly lead to disengagement and a loss of productivity.

5. Trouble separating work/home balance

The inability to ‘turn off’, is an ongoing issue for all workers, but these issues seem to increase with remote workers.  Working from home can lead to longer working hours and no real definition between work and home environments, this can result in longer or unpredictable hours worked, increased stress, a strain on personal and professional relationships and the threat of one or both sides taking advantage.

Having a balance between work and life is a very important and even more so now companies are offering new and improved perks to help support workers. Having a balance between work and life is very important and even more so now companies are offering new and improved perks to help support workers. Remote working can be a great incentive for employees – encouraging trust and reducing travelling time and costs. But on the flip side it can become a negative issue that results in low engagement, lack of productivity, burn out and even resignations. It’s worth remember that working remotely can be difficult and isn’t for everyone, especially if you are unable to define the difference between remote working and under-working!

Please be aware that a failure to address these challenges can cause decreased productivity and employee engagement, an impact on overall team morale, increased employee turnover and a negative impact on business outcomes.

If you need any help or guidance with managing remote teams do get in touch, HR Revolution are here to help: +44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk  where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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A guide to good office etiquette

Whether you’re straight out of school, University, moved to the UK from abroad or simply not sure about what to do or say in an office environment, we have compiled a little guide of office do’s and don’ts. Hopefully these tips will help you make a good impression:

Do always assume people are listening

Even if you are talking to someone that you feel very comfortable with, can you be sure that nobody else is listening in? You may accidentally offend someone or say something that gets repeated to the wrong person and the same applies to online activity – don’t ever talk negatively about colleagues or your employer on social media or your blog. Remember, whatever you post can and probably will come back to haunt you.

Discuss your salary

In the workplace it all begins and ends with money and there’s a distinct possibility that you won’t be earning the same salary as someone else.

NEVER discuss how much you’re paid.  It’s not respectful to discuss how much you’re earning and you don’t want to offend anyone that’s being paid less than you.

Be careful who you address your emails too

Ok we’ve probably all done it, written a text/email about someone, then accidentally sent it straight to them instead of the intended recipient? The same applies in the office, be careful who you address your emails too, also when replying to all ask yourself if everyone on the list needs to receive the email and always check before you press send!

Offer to make drinks for everyone

It’s polite to ask everyone if they’d like a drink, however, this can lead to a long list of beverages that you’ll need to make. You’ll have to remember who likes milk, who wants sugar who drinks tea and who has coffee – have a notepad handy!

A good idea is to suggest that everyone write their preferred beverage on a notice board by the kettle, so that you only need to remember who’s ready for their next hot drink. And if you decide not to make drinks for everyone, make sure that you never accept the offer when it’s someone else’s turn!

No smoking

Smoking indoors has been illegal since 2007, but using e-cigarettes, or ‘vaping’, is allowed in public places. Most workplaces will have their own rules about electronic cigarettes, but even if yours doesn’t mention them specifically, it’s wise to go outside for your vaping. Many people simply aren’t comfortable with having e-cigarettes used in their presence and the verdict is still out on any potential health risks too.

Don’t change the temperature without asking

In reality it is likely you’ll be sharing an office with a few other people, some of whom will wish they worked in the Sahara or the Arctic!  Don’t upset anyone by opening a window without asking, or making unscheduled changes to the air conditioning settings.

Turn up to work with layers of clothing to cover every eventuality, just in case someone else makes a change that you don’t want to openly complain about.

Do mind your language

Swearing in the office is simply unacceptable, remember using bad language could lead to warnings and/or disciplinary action.

What not to eat at your desk

Fish products are a no-no in the office environment, along with eggs, fast food and stinky cheese… you get the picture… Remember you don’t want to risk your business relationship with someone over bad food choices, if in doubt about a specific food, leave it at home and opt for something you are sure won’t offend others.

Don’t take an extended lunch break

Most offices are strict on time-keeping, which means they’ll notice if you turn up a bit late, leave a bit early or take a few extra minutes on your lunch break. Your manager might also be adding up the minutes, with a very clear picture of how many hours you miss each year.

In the end it all comes down to common sense, remember being comfortable at work is great, but you should still think carefully about everything you say and do.

If you need help or guidance with office etiquette please do get in touch, HR Revolution are here to help: +44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk  where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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Cost saving HR

When you’re running a business you know that your people are your greatest asset, by recruiting and developing a team of talented and motivated individuals, you can ensure that you’re putting your business it the best possible position for smashing your strategic goals.

However, if HR is becoming a drain on your resources then it’s clear that something is wrong, effective people practices should be saving you money, don’t ignore the problem it’s time to get the help you need.

HR Revolution have the solutions and below we list the ways in which you can cut your costs, whilst bringing about fantastic results.

1.Invest in training/education

The more you know, the better you can perform. This applies to anyone in your workforce, think about how you can build their capability and skill, improving their output, training should really be seen as an investment rather than an expenditure.

2.Nip problems in the bud

Sometimes, dealing with HR issues can involve difficult and awkward conversations and it can be tempting to bury your head in the sand hoping that the problems will fix themselves. Needless to say, this will rarely bring about the results that you really need.

Ensure that you are tackling issues head-on, and that you’re giving your managers the capability and confidence to do the same.

3.Say “thank you”

I’m sure even in the uncertain economic times, plenty of business owners would like to be able to give their hardworking employees a pay rise, but simply can’t afford it, but it’s essential to look at the bigger picture and consider the other elements of your reward package that keep employees motivated and engaged. Never underestimate the value of showing your employees that they’re valued, and that they’re doing a good job a ‘thank you’ costs nothing.

4.Offer flexible working

Flexible working is an attractive prospect for many employees and can offer them a greater work-life balance. Business owners are sometimes wary about allowing their employees to work remotely, but it’s something that would be worthwhile to consider.

Think saving money on travel costs, IT, energy, and more and if you get it right, you could end up getting much more from your team.

5.Don’t cut corners

When cost saving is at the forefront of your mind, you need to keep sight of your priorities. You may need to save some cash, but this doesn’t mean that you should let quality and procedures slip.  If you neglect to carry out important HR discussions, such as performance management reviews and disciplinary hearings, you might cut costs in the short term, but you can guarantee that you’ll be paving the way for bigger, more expensive problems in the future.

6.Get your admin in order

Admin is a really important part of HR systems in any business. It’s vital that you keep timely and accurate records. Depending on how you manage this though, it could easily turn into a drain on your resources.

HR Revolution has the answer in the form of our fantastic HR information solution breatheHR, your online HR manager if you will.

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7.Supporting your employees

If you spend your time trying to second-guess what you employees really want, then you’re going to end up wasting money, when it comes to developing policies and practices that get the most out of your team, and drive them towards achieving big things communication is the key.

Can you honestly say that you’re regularly and consistently collecting feedback from your workforce, and taking action on the findings? You could carry out employee surveys, or run focus groups. The specific schemes aren’t as important as the fact that you’re getting your employees involved in decision-making, and taking their views onboard.

8.Outsource your HR

HR Revolution can offer you a full HR audit, detailing the core areas of your HR platforms and procedures, highlighting everything you need to make changes to help get your employees and business back on track. Again, this isn’t a cost, it’s an investment and one that could see a return many times over as HR Revolution has the people solutions that you have been looking for.

If you would like to discuss any challenges you are facing or get some practical advice, then get in touch HR Revolution are here to help: +44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk  where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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How to onboard new employees effectively

Getting the onboarding process right is one of the most important things a company can do, get it wrong and the results can be devastating on the bottom line. If employees don’t have a positive onboarding process it can lead to them leaving their job out of frustration, or feeling that they don’t have a worthwhile place within the company.

So what is Onboarding?

New employee onboarding is the process of getting new recruits adjusted to the social and performance aspects of their new jobs quickly and smoothly. It is the process through which a new hire will learn the attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviours required to function effectively within a company.

Onboarding isn’t about giving your new employee a computer and showing them to their desk! A truly effective onboarding process needs to be much more than just a morning or a day. It needs to be a continuous process, one which serves to engage, train and develop, giving them the tools for future success.

So why is onboarding so important?

Your employees are your greatest asset as they determine whether or not your business will succeed and grow. Investing in your people is a guaranteed way to capitalize on your investment, so keeping employees informed, engaged, productive and loyal is well worth the effort.Remember developing a highly effective on-boarding process;

  • Engages your new employee from the very beginning, setting a precedent that you value your employees.
  • Gets everyone on the same page in terms of the company’s expectations.
  • Increases employee engagement.
  • Improves employee retention.
  • Integrates new recruits into your corporate culture.
  • Reduces costs by preventing future spending on re-hiring and re-training.
  • Increases work performance and productivity.

The onboarding process

An effective onboarding process;

  • Provides ongoing, clear, concise and consistent channels of communication.
  • Facilitates technical learning throughout the employees first three months.
  • Aligns new employees to key business strategies.
  • Sets milestones to gauge and measure new employee success.
  • Discusses their job description, setting company expectations right from the outset.
  • Presents information in easily-digestible amounts, as if it is not managed properly, the first week in a new job can be information overload.
  • Reinforces the brand and other positive aspects of the company culture.
  • Ensures you cover all the key elements such as health and safety and fire evacuation procedures.

Essentially having a company culture capable of attracting, developing and retaining talented employees!

Download our free guide to successful onboarding here.

Or if you would like any practical help or guidance on anything outlined above, please get in touch: +44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk  where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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Is your HR planning on track?

You might have blinked and missed the first quarter of 2018 and while it may seem like five minutes have passed since you mapped out your big goals at the end of last year, it’s actually a good time to stop, take stock and refocus.

Ask yourself honestly, have you successfully met your HR obligations during the first quarter, or are you lagging behind? Of course it’s undeniable that other things can get in the way, but if you want to be compliant and you want your business to thrive, then it’s absolutely vital that you take time to get your people practices right.

Need some pointers around where to get started? Here’s our checklist for assessing whether your HR planning is on track.

1. Have you made provisions for new legislation?

It can be hard to keep up with changes in employment law, but it’s absolutely non-negotiable. Neglect this area and your business could seriously pay the price, you must regularly be pinpointing relevant changes, and making adjustments to your policies and practices accordingly.

2. Is your paperwork in order?

Having a paper trail of key HR decisions might seem like a dull admin task, but if you don’t put some time into creating and filing the right documents, then you may live to regret it. If you run into any problems, your paperwork could make a huge difference to how you rectify the situation.

3. Have employees had performance discussions?

If you only discuss performance with your employees once a year, then you’re seriously missing out on many opportunities. Encouraging your team to thrive should be part of day-to-day processes, but at the very least, formal conversations should be carried out and recorded once a quarter.  Take a look at our effective performance review documents ready to use for your own business.

4. Have you planned the summer holiday schedule?

The second quarter tends to be the time when employees start to think about booking their summer leave. The weather’s getting warmer, and everyone wants to enjoy a little downtime. Make sure that you update any policies that you might have if necessary and consider operational demands in advance.

5. Have you identified training needs?

Some of your employees may need to brush up on their knowledge and skills to keep moving towards your goals. Work out where the gaps are and create your plan so you know exactly what you’re going to do about it. The options are plentiful, and include formal training, coaching, mentoring, job shadowing, and more.

6. Have your managers been brought up to speed with your priorities?

It’s pointless setting wider strategic goals if you aren’t going to make sure that the right people are on board and know how their work plays a part. The end of the quarter is a good time to bring your management team together for a catch-up and refresh.

7. Have you collected feedback from your employees?

Identifying potential issues before they get out of hand could save you headaches later in the year. An employee survey could be a great option here. Just make sure that you act on your findings!

8. Have you arranged a discussion with your payroll provider?

The end of the quarter coincides with the end of the financial year, so if you outsource your payroll, it makes sense to have a chat with your provider so you can ensure that you’re both on the same page. There may be loose ends that need to be tied up, and it’s always best to action these matters in a timely fashion.

9. Have you commissioned an HR audit?

It can sometimes be hard to take a critical look at your own operations. You might feel inclined to brush tricky issues under the carpet, especially if you’re not quite sure how to tackle them, so why not let HR Revolution carry out an HR audit – it is an ideal way to assess the set up and compliance of your HR function.

After reading through the checklist, you might have realised that you missed the mark at least once or twice when it comes to keeping your people practices in order.  When you are running a business, you’ve got a lot of plates you need to keep spinning; between acquiring new customers and clients, managing the finances, and everything else that needs your attention, HR can sometimes get put on the backburner.

However, HR isn’t just another task to add to your to-do list, it can have a real and very tangible impact on your bottom line and at the most basic level, it can ensure that you don’t face costly damaging legal cases against your business. Embrace it, as its full potential could increase your profits, create a much happier and more productive workforce, and help you to smash through your strategic goals.

So isn’t it time that you started giving your HR practices the dedication that they really deserve? If you know that you need to make the change, but you’re not sure what to do first, then get in touch with HR Revolution, we can help you to establish a plan of action that will get your business to where you want and need it to be.

Get in touch: +44 203 538 5311 or email: hello@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit www.hrrevolution.co.uk  where our expert CIPD HR professionals are waiting to help you with any questions you may have.

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