There have been many HR challenges in the last 18 months and significant changes to your working practices can’t be achieved overnight, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make sure you are legally compliant as an employer.
As we quickly roll into the final quarter of 2021, most business owners will be focusing on a couple of things to make sure they meet their business objectives. However, if you still have some big goals that you haven’t quite smashed, now’s the time to pull your socks up and make that final push.
There should also be plenty of time for reflection though, so that you can work out your wins, your losses, and what you need to do differently in 2022.
Make sure you don’t forget to think about your people practices and how you’ve performed over the course of the past 12 months. It’s true that there have been many HR challenges in the last 18 months and significant changes to your working practices 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. This is what we suggest:
Assess how compliant you are with recent legislative changes
There has been a raft of legal changes to employment law both last year and this year and many business owners will have missed them as they battled through lockdowns, survival and getting people set up to work from home! Employers would like to say that they know they’re fully compliant when it comes to their legal obligations as an employer. But, 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 your business can sometimes get in the way, but if you haven’t done everything that’s required of you legally, you could be leaving yourself very vulnerable to future problems and issues, all of which can be very time consuming without the right policies and practices in place.
Start planning for 2022
At the moment, you might be caught up with the practicalities of getting people back to the workplace or ensuring that your employees are ready to deliver exceptional service during a particularly busy time of the year for your business.
That’s great, but make sure that you’re looking a little further ahead. What key challenges do you anticipate you will face next year? What opportunities could you harness to help you to meet your wider strategic goals? Heading into 2022 with a plan will put your mind at ease and ensure that you don’t find yourself faced with any nasty surprises.
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 business owners or business leaders realise that they can’t do everything themselves.
You have a few choices. You can carry on doing what you’re doing and seeing the same results. Or you could recognise that there’s room for improvement, and actually do something about it.
It’s very likely that your business could take many benefits away from an end-of-year HR Audit. Having an experienced HR professional come into 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.
Our HR Audits can all be done remotely as long as you are able to send us all the relevant documentation by email or secure file links such as google docs or MS Teams SharePoint for example. Our HR Health Checks have three different levels aimed at different business sizes and needs.
If you want to understand whether what you have in place is legally compliant as well as understand what you could do to improve your HR Policies and Procedures, then why not give us a call to book yourself in for your HR Audit here:
Gold £1200 – Aimed at larger businesses with 30 or more employees.
This covers everything you need to have in place legally as an employer as well as reviewing all your all your employee paperwork and documents and your employee practices. We will review all of your employee paperwork and documents and provide you with a comprehensive report which details clearly where you are failing to meet employment legislation, and wherever possible we will fix these areas for you on the day and if we will provide you with a solution to address the concern. We will also provide you with our recommendations and suggestions as to how you can improve your people practices and policies regarding recruitment, induction, performance reviews, development, employee retention and exit of your employees, with our help and support.
Silver £600 – Aimed at smaller businesses with 5 – 30 employees.
This covers everything you need to have in place legally as an employer as well as reviewing all your employee paperwork and documents. We will provide you with a comprehensive report which details clearly where you are failing to meet employment legislation, and wherever possible we will fix these areas for you on the day, and if not, we will provide you with a solution to address the concern.
Bronze £300 – Aimed at businesses with 1-5 employees.
We will review your contract of Employment and Employee Handbook and provide you with recommendations for updating or improving your documents to ensure they meet the legal standards required. Where possible, changes will be made to the documents to ensure they meet legal requirements.
Give us a call to book yourself in for your HR Audit here: