There has been a lot of mention on employment rights lately in the news. But as we all know, when the law changes for any reason, it has a huge impact on HR within an organisation. The knock-on effect requires having to make the relevant changes to HR policies to comply with new legislation.
However, when employment law changes, business owners often find themselves looking for a new policy on the intranet to ensure that they comply with the new legislation. However, by responding in this way, we sometimes find that we are missing a very important point.
The Most Important Employment Right of All
In essence, we face the risk of losing our ability to see employees as the individuals that they are and the opportunity to consider them in their own unique context.
When we defer our decisions to documents, we lose our ability to be compassionate; to apply a little tolerance; and to treat people as humans and not resources.
The one right we should all have at work, is to be our imperfect human self. A simple human conversation is our most significant opportunity to change any work situation for the better.
Creating a People Culture
The heart and soul of every great company is its people and the most successful organisations are those in which the passions of its employees match the guiding principles of the business.
One of the most important challenges business owners face when growing and developing the organisation is to fulfil its people with opportunities for them to grow and learn. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day needs of the business, focus on competition and changes in the external environment, but driving a fulfilling culture is a task leaders must not lose sight of.
People change and their aspirations and interests evolve. What’s more, the world we live in is also changing at a more accelerated pace, which means businesses must adapt. But at the same time, we need to maintain a business that offers opportunity for all and stays deeply rooted in the passions of its employees. This should be a top priority on the agendas of all business owners and in particular the HR department.
An organisation’s values don’t have to hang on the wall as the company’s mission, but they should be engrained at the deepest level. This is how employees treat each other, the ethical standards by which you run your business, and the types of projects you decide to take on.
It’s business owners’ responsibility to understand what makes their employees tick, touching the emotional core of employees and helping them to excel. The most successful businesses, allow employees to try something new, by providing growth opportunities and expanding at the same time.
Business owners also need to be the driving force by cheering employees on and helping them accomplish their goals. It is truly amazing what can be accomplished when you have someone in your corner, and the inspiration cascades to others and builds momentum.
Make learning a part of the job
A learning environment always encourages employees to try to look at a problem or solution through a new lens, looking for new skills to apply to a challenge and adopting best practices from those around them.
It is not all about the training, but instead making learning a part of the everyday job. Businesses should create an environment in which knowledge is power and having an open mindset that enables fine tuning of skills.
Ensuring that you have the right policies and procedures are in place is of course important as these are the standards by which you expect your employees to behave. However, don’t let a rigid approach to compliance overshadow the fact that your employees are human beings, with rights that go beyond the rules and who, if treated correctly, can make or break a business.
The team at HCHR can not only help business owners to develop a set of policies that comply with employment law, but can also help to guide and nurture leaders to ensure they themselves have the skills to manage their people as effectively as possible.
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