A blog providing trustworthy Human Resources advice to business owners, managers and employees plus the occasional LOL true story from the workplace.
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Think Your Business Is Too Small To Worry About HR? Think Again…
Growing a business from the ground up can be one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences in the world, and we’ve worked
with ambitious leaders at practically every stage. From recruiting your very first member of staff, to really stepping things up a level and recruiting
entire teams and departments. We’ve helped business owners navigate it all.
When you’re at the beginning of the journey, however, you can feel like getting some help with HR is not entirely necessary. You might see it as an extra expense that you just don’t need, or a ‘nice-to-have’ that you’ll come to at some point in the future. The reality though is that if you’ve got big ambitions for your business – whether that be in terms of income or impact – then working with an HR consultant in the early days could be one of the wisest moves you make.
Of course, you could say we’re biased, and you’d have a valid point. But if you think your business is too small to worry about HR, we’d like to at least encourage you to consider whether you might in fact be ready for that next step.
Here are some important reasons why even the smallest of business owners should reconsider their approach…
Small business owners aren’t exempt from complying with legislation
It’s true that there are certain legal requirements that don’t apply to smaller businesses. However, there are many, many pieces of employment legislation
that you must comply with whether you have 1 or 1,000 members of staff. If you’re not compliant, you’re running the risk of having legal action
taken against you, regardless of how small you might be, or how recently you started hiring staff.
Prevention is always better than cure
It’s easy to take your eye off the ball with your HR practices, and let issues bubble away beneath the surface. So for example, you might have no problems whatsoever when it comes to absence management with the three members of staff you currently have, so you see no reason to implement a policy.
But you might find that as your team grows, you start to hit bumps in the road. Having some robust and clearly communicated policies and practices from the onset is likely to save you from a whole load of HR headaches, and ensure that you’re growth-proofing your business.
Good HR practices could save – and make – you money
You’re no doubt already aware that HR problems could cost you money, and could also cost you your reputation as a business owner and employer. A little investment could go a long way towards saving you a chunk of cash in the near and distant future.
HR can help you to generate more cash and more profits, as well. While plenty of leaders turn to marketing to tick this box, it’s essential that HR
plays a role in cash creation. We can help to ensure that your staff are performing, your leaders are inspiring and that everyone is working effectively
towards a common goal.
It might be more affordable than you think
Getting some professional HR help doesn’t mean that you have to splash thousands and thousands of dollars on big projects, or have consultants trailing through your office for months on end. We offer a range of packages for small business owners who recognize the importance of HR, but aren’t in the position just yet to embark on long term and costly commitments.
Get in touch today to book your initial consultation and discuss your options.
Career or Job?
Do you want to grow in your career? Or are you content with just a job for the rest of your life?Did you know that many adults have thought of changing their careers? A recent survey done by the University of Phoenix revealed that 59% of working adults, and almost three-fourths (73%) of professionals in their 30s are interested in changing careers. The biggest obstacle holding them back is the uncertainty of what path they want to take.
Finding your “dream job” can be a challenge, but the rewards can be great. It may seem overwhelming to decide on the perfect vocation. The prospect of choosing incorrectly and ending up unhappy or unsatisfied for the entirety of your career may be daunting, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from making a change. Here are a few tips to steer you in the right direction.
MAKE A LIST
This may seem obvious, but you can start by writing out a list of what you are looking for. Write down occupations that interest you. Is there a particular field that strikes your curiosity? What sort of working environment do you see yourself in? What educational requirements are there and are there opportunities for advancement as well as a higher earning potential? Then you can start to pare down the list by looking at the actual job descriptions and determining how much time and effort you are willing to put into making the move to a new career.
DO SOME HANDS ON RESEARCH
It might be a good idea to set up a couple of job shadowing opportunities with professionals in the field you are looking into. You can also volunteer or do freelance work to help you decide if it’s a good fit. For example, if your interest is in becoming a veterinarian, you can volunteer at a local shelter. Taking a class that would help with the career switch is another way to gain knowledge for a new profession. Any one of these suggestions will give you a feel for what the job would entail before you make a final decision.
Once you have chosen your new career path, you want to build up a network within it. Making connections with professionals may help your chances of getting an interview or being hired when the time comes. Mike Abramson told Business News Daily, "You must get to know the passionate, successful people working in the inner circle of your new field of interest. Gather as much knowledge and advice as you can to prepare yourself for the career pivot – this may also include finding a mentor." Networking gives you the opportunity to glean information about your field of interest and the company you’re thinking of applying to.
These a just a couple of tools to set you on your way to career fulfillment. It’s now up to you to find your “dream job”. Always remember, you are in control of where you land.If you land somewhere and decide it’s not the right place, don’t just give up and stay there for the rest of your life – that’s just a job.Pick yourself up and try again, you will eventually find your niche – a career that you love.Need a little more help in taking the next step? Contact us today. If we are not able to fulfill all of your HR needs, we will put you in touch with a professional who can.
Should You Let Your Staff Work From Home?
According to research by WorkplaceTrends.com, 45% of employees feel that they don’t have enough time each week to do personal activities. A whopping
75% ranked workplace flexibility as the most important benefit they desire, so it’s not really surprising that working from home is a trend that
a ton of savvy employers are considering.
Homeworking provisions vary between businesses, but the overarching principle is that you let your staff carry out their tasks from the comfort of their own space. They might do this once or twice a week, or it might be a more permanent solution. It’s an approach that’s likely to be welcomed by those with caring responsibilities, and let’s be honest here... Probably everyone else, too. After all, no one enjoys doing the commute, or being stuck in an office all day long.
As a business owner though, you’re likely to have a few concerns. Could it really work? Will it provide your staff with the temptation to sit twiddling their thumbs all day? Or is it actually a wonderful way to give your staff what they really desire, utilize the benefits of modern technology, and strengthen your reputation as a desirable employer who everyone wants to work for?
There’s no denying that there’s a lot to consider, if you’re to get it right.
You need to think about how you’ll make sure that team members are in communication, and they all understand their responsibilities and how they fit into the bigger picture. In some cases, you’ll also have to look at how you can ensure that everyone has the equipment they need. And working from home isn’t right for everyone. Some of your staff will crave face-to-face contact, and will be able to imagine nothing worse than just staring at the same four walls all day, with only their dog for conversation.
But it’s 2021 now, and you can’t afford to stay stuck in the past. Fail to give your employees what they really crave, and they WILL start to look elsewhere… Regardless of how much they might enjoy their work. The concept of a job for life is over, and you have to work hard to win loyalty.
If you’re not looking at ways to bring more flexibility into your business, then you’re seriously missing an opportunity. It can be a difficult shift to manage, but get it right, and it could work some real magic. Need help with planning your approach? Get in touch today for a free no-obligation consultation. If we are unable to meet your HR needs, we will put you in touch with an HR professional who can.
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It’s Time to Admit That You’re Only Human
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? Obviously a ploy so the business can keep hold of their cash for as long as possible.
Employees forced to give up their vacation because of a last-minute crisis? Probably a crafty trick concocted to make sure that staff are worked to the bone.
Disgruntled staff who are vocal about their negative experiences at work? Well, there’s no smoke without fire.
We’ve all seen the stories in the press, often sensationalized for the purpose of selling more newspapers, and we’ve made our own judgements about the moral standing of those in charge. Sometimes though, it isn’t black and white.
Let’s not get it twisted… Legislation exists for a reason, and for the greater good. As an employer, you have a responsibility to make sure that you’re compliant, that you’re implementing best practices, and that you’re doing everything you can to create an environment that’s fair and nurturing for your workers.
But 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.
At this stage, what really matters is 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 want to 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, and with the least amount of fuss.
We’re not here to judge you – we’re just passionate about getting things right, and we understand the challenges that you’re facing. Give us a call, and we can have an open and honest conversation about how we may be able to work together.
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