As we quickly roll into the final quarter of 2015, most business owners will be focusing on a couple of things. 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 you can work out your wins, your losses, and what you need to do differently next year.
Make sure that you don’t neglect to think about your HR practices and how you’ve performed over the course of the past 12 months. It’s true that many HR changes 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 12 weeks that will help you to make positive and tangible changes.
Are you ready to take on the challenge? This is what we suggest:
Assess how compliant you are with recent legislative changes
There have been several changes to employment law this year, including the new shared parental leave provisions, and many business owners would like to say that they know they’re fully compliant. 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, you could be leaving yourself very vulnerable to future problems.
Start planning for 2016
At the moment, you might be caught up with the practicalities of recruiting temporary staff for the Christmas period, or ensuring that your existing employees are ready to deliver exceptional service during the festivities.
That’s great, but make sure that you’re looking a little further ahead. What key challenges will you face next year? What opportunities could you harness to help you to meet your wider strategic goals? Heading into the new year 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 leaders realise that they can’t do everything themselves.
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. Interested to find out more about this? Give us a call.
You have a few choices right now. You can carry on doing what you’re doing, and seeing the same results. Or you can recognise that there’s room for improvement, and actually do something about it.
Which route will you take?