So it looks like summer might well be here, but as this is England, none of us like to count our chickens about what’s to come next. However we’re almost exactly slap bang in the middle of the year, and now’s a great time to take a step back from the day-to-day running of your business and consider the bigger picture. It’s easy as a business owner to get caught up with the issues going on right now on your shop floor, but good leaders know that regular strategic planning is essential.
Here, we’re going to tell you exactly what YOU need to know from an HR and people management perspective, so you can thrive and hit your goals for the end of the year.
You can still recommit to your objectives
When we’re six months into a year, it can feel like the writing is already on the wall. In fact, the goals that you set back in January can seem like a distant memory. Are they still driving your activities, or have they almost been forgotten about? Assess your progress so far, and rethink what needs to be done to make the year a huge success.
Your HR boxes need to be ticked
We don’t like to talk about HR in terms of box ticking. It’s deeper than that. When you get it right, it’s about driving your strategic objectives. It’s about nurturing the most valuable resource that you can ever have in business. It’s about adding real, tangible value to your bottom line. But we’re also realistic, and it’s true that there are boxes that have to be ticked so you’re compliant with legislation and your duties as an employer. Consider whether all your policies and procedures are up to date in light of legislative changes. Schedule performance reviews, and arrange discussions with your line managers to ensure they’re getting the support they need. The sooner you know how things are in your business, the sooner you can do something about it.
Now’s the time to start planning for Christmas
Ok I know this is a bit early, but when the weather’s warm and summer holidays are the current topic of discussion, talking about Christmas almost seems unnatural. However some forward planning can help to avoid a whole world of problems though. If your business experiences a rush around the fourth quarter, then consider exactly how that will map out. As well, consider your practical people issues. You might experience an influx of leave requests, for example, and you need to be prepared for keeping up and keeping track.
If you’ve taken your eye off the ball and you feel like 2017 is just happening to you, rather than you taking control of what’s possible and what’s necessary, then we can help. We offer an HR Audit Service, and we can make sure that you’re in a position to make this year a resounding success for your business.
Give us a call today or click on the link below to arrange your initial no-obligation consultation and see how we can help you.