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The Truth About ‘I Don’t Have Time For HR’

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Truth About ‘I Don’t Have Time For HR’



If there’s one thing that we hear time and time again from business owners, it’s that they just don’t have enough hours in the day to take care of their HR processes and procedures. There are a million and one things on their list to take care of, and it can be all too easy to leave the ‘people stuff’ until another day.


We run a business too, and we get it. You have to wear all of the hats, and it’s pretty rare to have absolutely everything under control at any given moment. But ‘I don’t have time’ just isn’t going to cut it when it comes to your people management practices. Here’s why…



Avoidable problems can take up way more time than you think


Let’s say, for example, that you don’t keep accurate written records of disciplinary meetings that you have with an employee. You hope that the issue will resolve itself, and that you won’t need to refer back to your notes in the future. But then another problem arises, and you suddenly find yourself in a sticky situation that could have easily been avoided.


We don’t like to think of HR as merely firefighting, but the reality of the matter is that a little time invested now could prevent your business from costly and time consuming scenarios.



Time invested in streamlining your procedures can free up hours each week


Right now, you probably have a ton of time drainers in your business that are making HR far more complicated than it needs to be. If you needed to find the phone number of a member of staff, for example, how long would that take you? What if they asked you how much annual leave they still have available this year? Or if an employee asked you for a copy of a particular policy, would that involve scouring through a mountain of paperwork?


Taking a little time to make your processes more efficient and getting things in good order could save you hours on a weekly basis, even if you don’t currently realize where you’re throwing minutes down the drain.


Using the services of a professional could create a huge return on investment


Okay, so maybe you really are strapped for time, and it’s just not realistic for you to take care of everything when you’ve only got 24 hours in your day. You might think that you can’t afford any extra help, but it might be the case that you can’t afford to NOT get some assistance.


Working with an HR consultant could help you to ensure that your people practices are helping you to meet your strategic goals, that you’re keeping your business on the right side of the law, and that you can put the majority of your time into the activities that bring about the best ROI.


To find out more about how we could help your business, arrange your no-obligation consultation today.

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Three Key HR Challenges For The Fourth Quarter – And How To Smash Them

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Three Key HR Challenges For The Fourth Quarter – And How To Smash Them


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Are your Employees happy at their jobs?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Your Workforce?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Your Workforce?



The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise, and it’s safe to say that it’s ruffled a few feathers. Many have speculated that its increasing popularity and sophistication will replace human workers, and many employees are concerned. In fact, recent research from Bersin by Deloitte found that 33% of workers expect their jobs to be augmented by AI in the near future. Some think that HR should be worried too, and that it won’t be long until the entire function can be replaced by advanced technology.


Realistically though, when you step aside from the fear mongering, it’s a bit of a stretch to think that all jobs will be completely wiped out. There will almost definitely always be a need for human workers, but it’s certainly true that many businesses could benefit from considering how to better harness AI and use it to support and refine existing processes and ways of working. But how exactly? And what will the future really look like?


Interestingly, it’s been suggested that AI could rid the recruitment process of human bias. It could screen the characteristics and qualifications of those who exceed in certain roles, and build up criteria to assess candidates against during screening and selection activities. Choosing the right member of staff doesn’t get much more scientific than that.


AI could also allow leaders to be just that – leaders. When admin tasks are largely automated, it frees up people power to focus on empowering and motivating a team of staff. So while many are worried about technology replacing people, it could be argued that it will allow individuals to really hone in on their soft skills and their ability to lead.


Of course, much of this is speculation. If one thing’s for sure though, it’s that we’re entering a new frontier in the world of work and employment, and opportunities and challenges will exist that we probably haven’t ever even considered before.


Are you excited about what the future holds? And will you be looking at ways to automate more of your operations? If you and your team are spending a load of time on transactional activities when it comes to managing staff, then get in touch today to arrange your initial consultation. We can help you to pinpoint where you can better harness technology to drive your business forward.If we are unable to fulfill your HR needs, we will connect to an HR professional who can.

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How To Get Your Staff Back On Track After Summer Vacations

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Summer HR Horror Stories – And How To Avoid Them In Your Business

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Six Ways To Raise Your Leadership Game Today

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Five critical actions for managing an employee grievance

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Questions To Ask Your Employees

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Five Questions To Ask Your Employees This Week



If you speak to most employers, they’ll probably tell you that they have a pretty good grasp on what’s going on in their workplace. There’s small talk over sandwiches in the cafeteria, and important discussions in the conference rooms. You probably feel like you have your finger on the pulse, and know exactly what’s going on beneath the surface.


Here’s the thing though. If you want to excel, you need to go a little deeper. Want to have some more meaningful conversations this week?


Ask the following questions.



How do you think we could improve the business?




Sometimes, you’re so involved in your own business that it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. Your staff are working with your clients and customers each and every day. They’ll often have an advanced understanding of what’s really happening. So find out how they think you could move forward. You could pick up some amazing ideas and it could do wonders for engagement and morale.



What can we do to make your job easier?




Improving productivity could have a real impact on your profits. Your staff know what’s expected from them, but are you giving them the support they need? Maybe you could roll out a system that automates a trickier part of their daily activities. Perhaps you could invest in new equipment to cut down on the time that’s spent on certain tasks. It’s about supporting your staff to be the very best they can be.



What are we doing within the business that is no longer necessary?




Outdated systems and procedures could be costing you a fortune and ensuring that you play small. It could be time to ditch the things that aren’t working, and start moving towards the future. Your staff keep things running on an operational basis, so it’s likely that they’ve got plenty of thoughts to share.



Where do you want to be in the next 2/3/5 years?




If you’re not nurturing your team and doing your part to keep them motivated and on track, then a time will come when they start to look elsewhere. When you know their ambitions and aspirations, you can consider how you can align these with your succession planning.



How’s your work-life balance at the moment?




Have you stopped to consider what your employees get up to outside of work? It’s important that they have time to relax and unwind. Ask about your employees’ families, children, pets, interests, and hobbies. How could you support them in striking an effective balance? Showing an interest is often greatly appreciated, and it could help you to get a better understanding of wider issues that are having an impact on your workforce.


If you ask these questions this week, it’s guaranteed that you’ll unearth some extremely valuable gems when it comes to working out what makes your staff tick.


Perhaps you already know that your people practices need some work, but you’re not quite sure where to start. If this is the case, then we want to help. Our HR health check could get you on the right track to making some serious improvements. Interested? Contact us today.


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