Don’t think you need HR – think again

Date: Thursday, 21st June, 2018

Growing a business from the ground up can be one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences in the world. From recruiting your very first employee, to really stepping things up a level and recruiting entire teams and departments, HR Revolution have helped business owners navigate it all.

When your business is in its infancy you can feel like getting HR help is not entirely necessary. You might see it as an added expense that you just don’t need, or a ‘nice-to-have’ that you’ll engage at some point in the future. In reality though, if you have got big ambitions for your business, whether that be in terms of income or impact – then working with an outsourced HR consultant in the beginning could be one of the wisest moves you ever make.

Prevention is always better than cure

It’s can be easy to take your eye off the ball with your HR practices, and let issues bubble away beneath the surface. For example, you might currently have no problems when it comes to absence management with the only four employees you currently have, so see no imminent reason to implement a policy.

What happens when your team grows and you start to hit bumps in the road? Having a clearly communicated absence policy and other policies and procedures from the outset is likely to save you from a whole load of HR headaches, and ensure that you’re growth-proofing your business.

However, if you think your business is too small to worry about HR, I urge you to think again and here are some important reasons why you should definitely be considering it…

Business owners aren’t exempt from complying with legislation

There are certain legal requirements that don’t apply to smaller businesses, for example gender pay gap reporting, which has been hitting the headlines recently, only applies to businesses with 250 or more employees.

But don’t be fooled there are many, many pieces of employment legislation that you must comply with whether you have 1 or 1,000 employees. If you’re not compliant, you’re running the risk having legal action taken against you, regardless of how small you might be, or how recently you started hiring.

Great HR practices could save – and make – you money

You’re no doubt aware that HR problems can cost you money, and could also cost you your reputation as a business owner and employer. A little investment could go a long way towards saving you money in the future.

Also HR can help you generate more cash and more profits.  Whilst plenty of business owners turn to marketing to tick this box, it’s essential that HR plays a role in generating revenue too. The HR function can help to ensure that your employees are performing, your leaders inspiring, and that everyone is working effectively towards a common goal – to grow the business.

Getting some professional outsourced HR help might be more affordable than you think.  Many consultancies offer a range of packages for small business owners who recognise the importance of HR, but aren’t in the position just yet to embark on long term and costly commitments.

Why not give HR Revolution a call and see how we could help.

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