How to improve your HR practices by the end of the year…

Ok business owners it’s now the final quarter of 2018! if you still have some goals that you haven’t quite achieved, now’s the time to do it and make that final push.  It’s also time to look back and see over the year and work out your wins, losses and what needs to be done differently in 2019!!

When you are reflecting on the year make sure that you don’t forget to factor in your people practices and how they have performed over the last 12 months.  Of course we know that most HR challenges can’t just be achieved overnight, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t act now to make positive and noticeable changes.

We outline/suggest a few ways in which you can take control and start making changes before 31 December.

Make a plan for 2019

You may be looking at what is needed to be done around the Christmas period, maybe recruiting temporary employees or tying up any loose ends an that is great.  But what about the bigger picture, will you be facing any challenges it the coming months?, are there any opportunities you can look at to help you meet your wider strategic goals?

Planning or having a plan will help to put your mind at ease that you have thought about things and hopefully not be faced with any nasty surprises.

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How compliant are your legislative changes?

I’m sure you would like to say that you are fully compliant, but when it comes down to it are you absolutely positive that you’re doing everything you should be?

We understand that the day-to-day complexities of running a business can sometimes get in the way, but if you haven’t done everything that’s required of you, you could be leaving yourself very vulnerable to problems in the future.

Do you need an HR audit?

Keeping on top of everything people orientated as your business grows can be a daunting process, but it need not be and as an early Christmas present why don’t you benefit from an having an experienced HR professional come in and assess what is working and what needs to be improved.

By having an end-of-year HR audit HR Revolution can help, let us carry out a HR healthcheck on your company and assess what’s working and what needs to be improved, this could be just what you need to make sure that you end the year on a high note and put practical steps in place to raise your game.

If you like to book an HR audit or need any HR advice please do get in touch:+44 203 538 5311 or email: talent@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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Want to improve your HR practices by the end of the year?

As we power on through the summer holidays I’m sure most business owners will be focusing on a few things. Maybe there are still some big goals that haven’t been reached and now’s the time to pull your socks up and make that final push.

However, please don’t neglect your people practices, it’s a good chance to reflect on how well they have performed over the course of the past 12 months. Ok it’s true that many HR changes can’t be achieved overnight, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take action. In fact, there are certain things that you can do over the next few months that will help you to make positive and tangible changes.

Are you ready to take on the challenge? We hope so and this is what we suggest:

Start planning for 2019

Always make sure that you’re looking a little further ahead. What key challenges will you face next year? What opportunities could you harness to help you to meet your wider strategic goals? Heading into the new year with a plan will put your mind at ease, and ensure that you don’t find yourself faced with any nasty surprises.

Assess how compliant you are with legislative changes

There have been several key changes to employment law this year and many business owners would like to say that they know they’re fully compliant. When it comes down to it though, are you absolutely positive that you’re doing everything you should be?

We understand that the day-to-day complexities of running a business can sometimes get in the way, but if you haven’t done everything that’s required of you, you could be leaving yourself very vulnerable to future problems.

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Take advantage of an HR audit

As a business grows, there’ll be a wider range of HR tasks and responsibilities that need to be taken care of. Keeping on top everything can be a massive job, and savvy leaders realise that they can’t do everything themselves.

It’s very likely that your business could take many benefits away from an end-of-year HR audit.  That’s where HR Revolution can help, let us carry out a HR healthcheck on your company and assess what’s working and what needs to be improved, could be just what you need to make sure that you end the year on a high note and put practical steps in place to raise your game.

You have a few choices right now, you can carry on doing what you’re doing, and seeing the same results. Or you can recognise that there is always room for improvement and do something about it.

Make sure you make the right choice…  Contact us today for your free no obligation HR Audit +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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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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Three signs that your business isn’t ready for the festive rush…

The decorations, tinsel and chocolate tubs are filling up the shops.  There is no way to avoid it, Christmas is most definitely on its way.. and it offers some wonderful opportunities for businesses, but if you are not prepared, you could find yourself hugely disappointed come January when you’re taking a look at your figures and assessing how your operations shaped up.

So how do you know if you are ready?  Below, we’ll take a look at three important indicators that you’ve still got some serious work to do.

You haven’t started recruiting your Christmas staff

Maybe you’re planning on getting started with your festive recruiting as soon as possible.  You already know that it’s a really important task, but you just can’t seem to find any spare time to give it the attention that you know it deserves.  Before we get into anything, it’s vital that you don’t panic, that isn’t going to help you and it’s not going to help your business.

You don’t have a back-up plan

Even the most inexperienced business owners realise that Christmas presents its own unique challenges and opportunities, so they get to work creating a plan that will help with them to get the best results possible.  The problem is that this is often where the preparation ends, you need to ask yourself whether you’ve got a Plan B and whether you know what to do if things don’t work out the way you first imagined.

What will you do if your new recruits decide that the role isn’t for them, and leave you in the lurch? What if your management team comes down with a nasty bug and can’t get to work? What if your Christmas party turns into a disaster that could do some serious damage to your business’s reputation?  Hopefully, these things won’t happen, but you don’t want to find yourself in a situation in which you have no idea how to pick up the pieces.  Having compliant Employee Handbook will help you manage your staff effectively, take a look at HR Revolution’s ready to use handbooks.

You haven’t made customer service training a priority

High levels of customer service are essential at any point in the year, but now is the time to make sure that it is firmly at the top of your agenda.  There are numerous reasons for this, you’ll hopefully have more customers coming through your doors and you need to ensure that standards aren’t gong to slip, as well, you’ll probably have the opportunity to impress prospects for the very first time.

Refresher training should be rolled out so carry out an audit of where you are right now, and where improvements can be made.  You don’t necessarily have to invest huge amounts of time and money.  It’s about establishing your current position and working out where you want to go next.  HR Revolution will be happy to carry out a full HR Audit of your business, click here to read more. (Free when you mention “Festive rush” normal audit price £750).

Of course, you now have an option, do you want to do all of this on your own or do you want to call upon some expert help? HR Revolution have a wealth of  HR experience and can work to tackle the issues you may face by providing you the HR solutions you need to overcome them. Have a look at our Outsourced solution below…

If you’ve recognised that you need to make improvements, you are already in a great position for making sure that you really raise the bar this Christmas, acknowledging that there’s work to do is the very first step and HR Revolution can help.

Call +44 203 538 5311, 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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School’s out for summer…

It’s that time of year again. All across the country, teachers are breathing a sigh of relief and getting ready to wind down for the summer holidays, whilst parents are forced to consider how they’ll balance childcare responsibilities with their working lives.

The bottom line here is clear. When the kids are off school, either due to organised breaks throughout the academic year, or because of other factors, it can have a big impact on businesses. As an employer, it pays to take a proactive approach.  Below, HR Revolution shares our advice and guidance for managing the associated challenges effectively.

Harness a more flexible approach

Giving your staff more flexibility can help to ensure that an appropriate balance is struck. Consider whether you could offer your team members the opportunity to work from home, or slightly alter their hours during the summer holidays.

When most people think of flexible working, they think of arrangements like the above, and it’s true that these can really help. Don’t be scared to get a little more creative though and think outside of the box. Many businesses have successfully offered term-time only contracts for employees who are balancing their careers with caring responsibilities.

Be prepared for an influx of holiday requests

At this time of year, many of us are tempted by the prospect of booking a last-minute getaway. We all like a bit of sun and sand, but when your staff are planning a mass exodus, the situation can turn into a major headache. Remember that giving priority to employees with children could be discriminatory.

If you feel like you’re struggling to manage holiday requests, it might be time to implement a more robust system. This can ensure that your processes are fair and equal, and that you’re fully prepared for the challenges that the summer period can bring.

Take the time to rethink your priorities

Many workplaces experience a bit of a lull during the summer months. Employees are away on holiday and you might find yourself slipping into the trap of letting the time just pass you by. Instead of going down this route, take the opportunity to get your leadership team together and focus on where you’re going.

What are your priorities for the second half of the year? What challenges do you need to overcome? What opportunities exist that you aren’t tapping into? A little planning can go a long way.

If the summer season is causing you HR headaches in your business, seek out HR Revolution’s assistance, we can help you get things back on track and stop small issues from escalating into something more serious.

Give HR Revolution a call we’d love to help, call us on +44 203 538 5311 or email: info@hrrevolution.co.uk

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Why you need HR…

Lets face it, in an ideal world, we’d never have to worry about firefighting people issues within a business. We’d have perfectly crafted policies, highly skilled line managers and engaged employees who are passionate about helping business operations reach their full potential.

I did say in an ideal world, however, things have a tendency not to work out that way. Pretty much every business owner would have experienced some tricky HR issues during their career, and most would probably agree that they can sometimes come out of the blue.

Let us help you identify any potential people issues in your business, until the end of August we are conducting obligation free Audit’s worth £750 free of charge, email info@hrrevolution.co.uk and enter FREEAUDIT in the subject line to book.

In the meantime, if you’ve found yourself with a complex and confusing people issue that you’ve had to deal with, you need to be focused on finding the solution.

Here, we explain in 3 steps how you can take control.

  1. Use the law as your first port of call

Employment legislation exists for a reason. It’s there to protect workers and ensure that standards are upheld. It can be confusing to navigate at times, but it’s imperative to recognise that ultimately, it can help you. If you’re handling an HR problem and you’re not sure what to do, the first thing that you should consider is your legal responsibilities.

An example, an employee came and told you that they feel that they need a pay rise. As long as you’re paying your employees the minimum wage, you aren’t obliged to reconsider your benefits package.  Obviously, this doesn’t mean that you should just brush the comments under the table. Exemplary employers move past compliance, and consider the bigger picture and the future of their business.

  1. Bring in the specialists

Sometimes, knowing the law isn’t enough to cut it. If you’re dealing with a particularly sensitive or complex issue, you might need a little extra help. It’s vital that HR concerns are dealt with in a timely manner, and that you get it right first time, so working with an experienced professional could give you that extra peace of mind that you really need.

HR Revolution deal with people issues every day, so we have the knowledge and expertise to cut straight to the heart of any situation to deliver the very best solution.

  1. Stop repeating the same mistakes

You’ve handled your HR issue, and come out the other side breathing a sigh of relief.   Back to business as usual… actually it’s a great time to take a step back and assess your current position and opportunities.

What lessons have you learned?  How can you prevent the same thing from happening again?

In many cases, if you decide to work with an HR consultant, you will be left with a detailed action plan so you can raise your game and become a better employer.

Ultimately though, never forget it comes down to you. Are you serious about nurturing your employees in the best way possible?  Issues are sometimes inevitable, and come hand in hand with running a business. What really matters is the ability to handle the situation in a way which best serves your employees and your business.

Get in touch with HR Revolution and let us conduct an obilgation free HR Audit, where will carry out a full review your current HR, including HR documentation, employee files and processes. We will provide a detailed report to summarise the areas that need attention, especially anything critical required to keep your business compliant with the most up to date employment laws and practices.

Please give HR Revolution a call on +44 203 538 5311 or email: info@hrrevolution.co.uk

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How much for HR services?

Are you at the stage in your business where you know you could use a little HR help, but you’re feeling unsure about the cost implications? You’re not alone. It’s an issue that many businesses have to tackle, and it can feel like an absolute minefield when you’re trying to hunt down all the relevant information.

Don’t panic though, because we’re here to give you the help you really need. In this guide, we’re going to walk you through everything you need to know about investing in HR services to help you to take your business to the next level.

Focus on investment, not cost

If you’re purely thinking about HR as a cost, then you’re missing an important part of the bigger picture. In many cases, getting some professional help can prove to be one of the best investments that you ever make. You could cut costs, improve productivity and output, and ensure that you attract and hold on to the people who are really going to drive your business forward. The potential benefits are endless.

At HR Revolution we would be more than happy to sit down with you and pinpoint the opportunities that exist within your business, and what could potentially be achieved on a realistic level. Don’t be scared to ask us plenty of questions.

Recognise that DIY could cost you a lot more

These days, you don’t have to look too far for advice and guidance when it comes to HR. In fact, a quick Google search will bring up masses of information, and you can even find templates for creating your own people policies. This can be helpful, to a certain extent, but it’s vital that you question whether or not going down this route is really a good idea.

Get things wrong, and you could end up spending a whole lot more on fixing the problems that you’ve created. Working with a professional will ensure that you get things right from the offset, and this can bring huge amounts of peace of mind.

Stop speculating and get the facts

Some business leaders wait longer than necessary to get the HR help they need purely because they’re worried about managing their budget. They assume that professional services may be out of their reach, and they continue to try to do things on their own for far too long.

The truth here is that how much you should expect to spend will vary depending on a range of factors, including the exact nature of the help that you need. Instead of guessing, why not speak with us here at HR Revolution? We are more than happy to have a no-obligation informal discussion with you about what you need, what your options are, and how much you should expect to pay.

Get in touch today at info@hrrevolution.co.uk or 0203 538 5311 to book your obligation free HR audit.

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