Don’t forget about HR

When many of us think about companies that have made big HR mistakes, we’re quick to jump to the assumption that it’s all the fault of greedy bosses who are more interested in lining their own pockets than doing the right thing by their loyal employees.

Mistakes with administrative processes that result in employees receiving their wages far later than expected.

Employees forced to give up their holiday entitlement because of a last-minute crisis.

Disgruntled employees who are vocal about their negative experiences at work.

The list goes on and there’s no smoke without fire right?

Not always.

Employment legislation exists for a reason, and for the greater good. As an employer, you have a responsibility to make sure that you’re compliant and you’re implementing the best working practices to create an environment that’s fair and nurturing for your employees.

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However, mistakes can happen, and even the most dedicated and ethical employers can find themselves facing extremely difficult circumstances.

When your business is growing fast, and you have a million and one things to balance, you can take your eye off the ball. You can overlook important details. And you can find yourself facing circumstances that you never imagined, but which can put your entire business in jeopardy.

So at this stage, it is imperative what you do next and how you decide to put things right.

If you’re worried that there could be an HR nightmare on the horizon, then we can help. We can assess your current circumstances, and help you to create an action plan that gets things back on the right track as quickly as possible, with the least amount of fuss.

We’re not here to judge – we’re passionate about getting things right, and we understand the challenges that you’re facing. 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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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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4 reasons why small businesses should invest in HR…

When starting up a business, spending money on HR initiatives and policies can easily slip to the bottom of the to-do list. The general focus is to drive immediate returns, and so it can take time to see a real return on investment of HR. As a result, HR is being thrown in the mix with ‘business admin’ and is reduced to a mere box-ticking exercise.

In place of an effective HR strategy, small business owners frequently try to encourage friendly and informal relationships, working under the implied promise of trust and  casual compliance with ‘this is the way that we do things around here’.

Many of the start-ups that began life this way, in a burst of enthusiasm, optimism and sheer hard graft, do not make it past their fifth birthday. Unfortunately, relying on their inherently goal-orientated and collaborative start-up culture to support people management requirements is not an effective plan for growth and longevity.

Small businesses need to strike the balance between managing ground-breaking innovation and challenging the status quo, with ensuring that they have streamlined processes in place that pave the way for long lasting growth. HR is not there to squash these cultural ideals, it’s there to form the foundations on which a successful business can grow and thrive.

So why should small businesses invest their time and money in HR from the beginning and ensure they get a return on their investment? Here are four reasons why small businesses should invest in HR.

1. HR adds value

Small businesses see little, if any, distinction between the strategic and transactional elements of HR. As a result, it is systematically undervalued and under resourced. And yet there is plenty of evidence to show that strategic HR delivers real dividends – especially among disruptive companies that are challenging the status quo. Netflix is a good example of fresh thinking about people management and how centralising and prioritising the employee experience can deliver exceptional results. This innovative culture has been a key factor in the company’s success.

2. Small businesses are leaving themselves vulnerable

With their relaxed attitude to people management, small businesses are leaving themselves exposed to claims that they may struggle to defend in an Employment Tribunal. By investing in HR and developing policies and best practice they will have a fundamental framework to fall back on.

Employee handbooks are essential in today’s workplace as they help set out core Company expectations in terms of general conduct and integral UK policies and employment legislation, take a look at HR Revolution’s employee handbook template designed to cover everything your business requires to remain compliant.

3. It will come back to haunt you if you don’t

The value of HR is often downplayed in the early stages of a business and this can come back bite them, just look at Uber. And they are not alone. There has been no shortage of news stories revealing issues within larger businesses that could have been avoided if even the most basic of HR procedure was in place. Unfortunately, these companies thought about it too late and it rebounded back on them ten fold because by this time they are no longer a small start-up.

4. Managing HR admin is a misuse of individuals’ skillsets

As a small business, you probably don’t have a dedicated HR person – this is typically because at this early stage, survival is the biggest business priority. As a result, the management of HR administration such as approving holidays, managing sickness, and approving expenses, is landing in the laps of busy senior employees by default.

According to recent research, CEOs of small businesses are spending, on average, eight hours a week on all HR-related tasks. That’s more than office or operations managers who spend seven hours a week and might more realistically be expected to spend time on administrative activity. To put that into perspective, the median average cost of CEO time spent on HR equates to £18,700 each year and is an absolute misuse of individuals’ skillsets.

This is where HR Revolution can help you save valuable time and money by automating your all consuming HR tasks…  with breatheHR, an online HR information system starting from as little as £9 per month.

It has been shown that dedicated HR software saves small businesses, on average, four hours a week on HR admin with the use of software that can assist you with your day-to-day tasks.  Take a look at breatheHR below and manage your people, not paper!!

Summary

It’s no longer acceptable for small businesses to allow HR due process to fall by the wayside, prioritising new business over their people management. In the current business economy, where 40% of businesses fail within the first five years, enthusiastic entrepreneurs need to change their tact. Whilst your investments may not bring about immediate returns, your return on investment will be clear when your trained, supported and rewarded employees grow with you.

Call +44 203 538 5311, email: info@hrrevolution.co.uk or visit http://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 version of this blog first appeared on breathehr.com