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HR Documentation

 

As your company grows it can be a challenge to stay on top of your HR requirements.  You’re too busy running your business, looking after your clients and winning new customers to spend much time figuring out the ever-changing world of employment law.

Why do you need HR Documentation?

As companies grow in size, yet don’t have a dedicated HR department, it’s fairly common for them to end up using standard contracts and hastily written employee handbooks.

But this can leave you exposed if you do have any problems with your staff, or if you need to downsize your work force.  Getting it wrong can lead to expensive tribunals.

That’s where we can help.  With our HR systems in place, you can relax in the knowledge that you’ve protected yourself.  There’s a process there for you to follow when things go wrong and it also means your employees can feel secure and valued, knowing there are procedures for them to follow if they need to.

Why do you need HR Documentation?

As companies grow in size, yet don’t have a dedicated HR department, it’s fairly common for them to end up using standard contracts and hastily written employee handbooks.

But this can leave you exposed if you do have any problems with your staff, or if you need to downsize your work force.  Getting it wrong can lead to expensive tribunals.

That’s where we can help.  With our HR systems in place, you can relax in the knowledge that you’ve protected yourself.  There’s a process there for you to follow when things go wrong and it also means your employees can feel secure and valued, knowing there are procedures for them to follow if they need to.

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HR SYSTEMS & DOCUMENTATION

Employee Handbooks

Do you have an employee handbook for your employees?  Many small or medium-sized businesses have a very basic handbook that doesn’t cover everything it should.

Your employee handbook is an opportunity to set out the rules and regulations of working for you and should also contain your policies and procedures in a positive way and outline both what you expect from employees and what they can expect from you.

A handbook is not just for essentials such as absence and sickness policies.  For example, an internet use and abuse policy document will support any potential disciplinary action you have to take at a later date.

The handbook will be a valuable part of your case if you ever need to instigate disciplinary proceedings, let an employee go, or handle a tribunal.

With this in mind, a standard document downloaded from the internet, or written without expert HR input, can leave you vulnerable when things go wrong with an employee.  Don’t wait for something to happen before you bring your employee handbook up to date.

Exit Strategy

You probably don’t want to run your business forever, but have you thought about what your business would be worth if you sold it?  Or if you wanted to pass it on to a family member, would you be passing on something that could create headaches in the future?

If you can show a potential buyer that your business follows all the relevant good practice, with policies and procedures in place alongside the right employee contracts and handbooks, then your business is much more valuable.

And if you’re passing it on to a close relative, perhaps one or more of your children, you can feel confident you haven’t created any problems that they may end up having to put right, potentially at great expense.

By getting everything right, you’re investing in your retirement.  Please don’t put it off until the last minute and get caught out with a tribunal that costs your business thousands of pounds, leaving you without the valuable nest egg you need to enjoy your hard-earned retirement.

Redundancies

In the current climate, lots of businesses are going through the stress of making redundancies.  Unfortunately, some business owners are getting it wrong and leaving themselves exposed to expensive tribunal claims, and some have been put out of business by a single massive award.

Getting redundancies right is complicated  That’s why it’s so important to take the right advice before you even start the redundancy process.  We can train you on how to handle your redundancies, or we can manage the process at each stage, from selecting who to make redundant to consulting with staff and ensuring all legal requirements are met.

If you’re considering making people redundant in your business, talk to us before you talk to your staff.

Bespoke Contracts

Lots of businesses are working with standard contracts which they’ve downloaded from the internet, or which were written several years ago and don’t take into account current employment legislation.  If you’re doing this in your business it could leave you at risk if a disgruntled employee decides to take you to a tribunal.

Putting in place bespoke contracts that are fit for purpose is an investment in your business and your employees.  You will sleep better at night, knowing that you’re doing everything you can to protect your business from nasty surprises, and your employees will benefit from a fair contract that they know is in line with current legislation.

Recruitment

When you’re setting out to recruit a new member of staff, it can be tempting to manage the process yourself, or perhaps use one of your administrators.  But if you’ve ever taken on the wrong person and lived to regret it, you’ll know that recruitment isn’t as simple as it looks.

Recruitment is a specialist field and engaging an HR professional to manage the process can save you a lot of wasted time and money.  You’ll be less likely to offer the job to someone who isn’t right for your business, saving you from further stress as you worry about how to let them go.  Using an HR professional also means the new staff member will come on board with the right contract and the right probation period in place.

We can help you with managing the entire recruitment process including:

  • Writing a Job Description with an accurate Person Specification
  • Researching salary levels, packages and market rates
  • Attracting the right candidate through your advert
  • The interview process
  • Selecting the right candidate
  • The offer letter, employment Contract and Employee Handbook

Your employees are one of the most important assets in your business and recruiting the right person is critical.  Don’t leave it to chance!

Disciplinaries

Do you have concerns about any of your staff?  Many business owners struggle with employees who are late, regularly absent, or who demonstrate poor behaviour or a low standard of work.  Managing these issues can be time consuming – costing you money and taking you away from working on other areas of your business.  Leaving a problem to fester isn’t the answer and if resolving issues informally isn’t working, then you may need to start disciplinary proceedings.

Many business owners find disciplinaries a daunting prospect, but with an HR professional behind you, the process is fairly simple and straightforward to manage.  As well as using our many years of experience to advise you, we can guide you through the procedures to ensure you’re able to discipline where necessary without putting yourself at risk of tribunal.  As well as avoiding expensive payouts, getting help with disciplinaries means you can finally tackle the problems and help individuals to improve.  If they cannot improve their performance, you’re left with a paper trail that can make it much easier to let them go.

 Don’t push your problem employees to the back of your mind – remember they’re costing you time and money.

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Location

32 Chandlers Close, 
Crabbs Cross, 
Redditch, 
Worcs,
B97 5HU

Contact Us

07977 497107
su@action-hr.co.uk

Open Hours

Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

What is involved in a free HR Audit?

If you invite us in to conduct an HR Audit, at no cost to you, we will go through your Contracts of Employment, policies, procedures, Employee Handbooks etc. and give you valuable feedback.  Many businesses have found the audit useful, and we don’t put any pressure on you to use our services.