HR is an essential part of any business, particularly small businesses. Ensuring that your staff is happy and productive and that there are policies to ensure their best interests is vital for an effective, welcoming environment. However, small businesses have a lot going on in the best of times. When focusing on sales and marketing to strategy and scaling, it can be hard to keep HR at the forefront of your mind and business plan. This means that sometimes, HR strategies suffer or don’t exist at all. This could indicate that staff members feel like they don’t have the best environment in which to work and thrive.
This blog will outline some HR basics for your business. It can be your go-to guide so that your HR policies don’t suffer as you begin to grow, expand, and scale.
Tip #1: Get Your New Hires Right
It’s no good having a hiring policy if it’s not focused on the best talent. Leave any loyalties at the door and focus on the right people for your business. Remember that you cannot do it all and that your strengths may lie elsewhere.
When going through the hiring process, list your exact requirements and what you need in qualifications and personality and character requirements. Don’t be afraid to be thorough in the hiring process because it is this that will get you the right person for your business.
Tip #2: Have a Thorough Onboarding Plan In Place for New Hires
You need to bring your new hires up to speed quickly. However, it is also essential that they feel welcomed and included from day one. It will help them feel settled speedily and strive to impress and work hard.
Create a standardized plan to carry out each time there’s a new hire. It might be a manual, it could be a buddy system, or it could be a formal orientation plan. All training should include the information that a new hire needs to carry out their job successfully, like company policies, software types, company values, etc.
Tip #3: Keep Employees Safe
This is the most vital HR objective, and you should build policy around it to prioritize it. Safety policies should be enforced from the moment a new employee starts working. Keeping staff safe is an essential requirement so that everyone can go to work without fear in the workplace.
As an employer, you need to assess the risk of certain situations and establish criteria to help keep a person safe. This could be anti-bullying policies or a strict way to give feedback and report issues. If there are rules set in place that people have to follow, they should be relatively simple to follow and enforce.
Tip #4: Have Clear Policies
Have clear policies and rules from the start and write them down.
Before your first hire, it’s worth creating an employee handbook with clear documentation on the company’s rules, regulations, and policies. Give it to new hires on their first day and make it a requirement that they read and understand the handbook.
Tip #5: Communicate
Good communication makes for a strong business. It’s easier for small businesses to communicate effectively since there are typically smaller numbers of people. However, messaging platforms like Slack or Microsoft Teams make this even easier. Perhaps organize and hold one-on-one meetings. It’s essential to stick to whatever you commit to, since team members might think communication isn’t important to the company.
HR is an important thing to get right for any business. However, suppose you want your small business to grow and thrive. In that case, we recommend taking the time to consider an effective HR policy. This will ultimately benefit you in the long run, particularly as you grow and scale. If you need help with HR strategy, contact us at Belfield Management Solutions. Let’s have a cup of coffee!