As an employer you need people policies and procedures, employee handbooks etc, to make sure that you are compliant with the law. Maybe you carried out a quick Google search to get some guidance as to what you need, I’m sure it seems an obvious place to start, as search engines often become your trusted advisor when it comes to the things that you just don’t know.
In reality though it pays to exercise more than just a little bit of caution. You wouldn’t search for medical advice online… or I hope not… So should you really trust Google to give you the policies and templates that have the power to make or destroy your business?
Here are 3 reasons why you might want to have a rethink…
1. You have no real idea where your advice is coming from
You don’t have to be an expert legal advisor, or HR consultant, to create a website and share your views and opinions online. These days pretty much anyone with a laptop and access to YouTube videos can do it. You might argue that it would be pretty pointless for a someone to intentionally give you the wrong advice, but it is not worth leaving anything to chance is it?
HR Revolution will make sure that your documentation is informed to legal requirements and best practice, after all it’s our speciality!
2. The law changes regularly
What applies right now in terms of good HR advice isn’t necessarily going to be good advice in 6 months time. New legislation is released on a regular basis, so you need to make sure that you are compliant and up to date, you need to make sure you have a reliable source when you access information and templates online, you can never be certain when they were last updated.
3. One size doesn’t necessarily fit all
It’s true that the law applies across the board, regardless of what kind of business you run and you’re definitely not exempt from following the rules just because you have just a few employees! However, there are certain things that only apply to businesses of a certain size, and what works for a large multinational corporation isn’t necessarily going to work for a small family business.
When you work with a professional to get what you need, you can ensure that your practices are fit for purpose. HR Revolution can get to know your individual needs, and devise a strategy accordingly.
There are times when doing a few online searches is going to give you exactly what you need for your business, but when it comes to managing your most valuable asset – your people – it’s never worth cutting corners.
If you’re concerned about whether your practices are hitting the mark, get in touch with HR Revolution and we can have a no-obligation chat about where you stand, and what your options are.