As a new year begins, the majority of us make at least one or two personal New Year’s resolutions, but have you ever considered making some at work too?
Usually our resolutions involve joining a gym, going on a diet or even making exciting travel plans. At HCHR now is the time that we start thinking about how we can help our clients to meet their own business goals with a view to becoming more successful.
We’re slightly biased, of course, but human resources resolutions are a great place to start. Best of all, even the smallest of changes in this area can have the greatest of impacts.
Here are our top three New Year Resolutions designed to help you achieve your business goals during 2018.
New Year Resolution 1 – More Face to Face Meetings
Good relationships between employees are very important for a business of any size as a more amiable environment can have a positive impact on productivity. Sadly, developing relationships is not always a top priority for managers or business owners as more pressing issues such as finances, profits, turnover and other related matters always seem to be more pressing.
Getting to know your employees and clients, and actually enjoying the development of these relationships, will reap huge rewards. For 2018, make more time for face-to-face meetings with your staff and clients by booking these meetings in your diary at the start of the year and stick to these meeting dates as you would any other business meeting.
New Year Resolution 2 – Outsource the demanding HR tasks
Many small business owners and start-ups find themselves having to become a ‘Jack of all trades’, carrying out their own marketing, book-keeping, admin and HR activities. However, this may not be the best use of your time, unless you have genuine expertise in any of these areas.
Many UK business owners actually state that HR admin and related tasks tend to be the biggest drain on productivity. The easy and obvious solution is to outsource this service to an independent HR consultancy like HCHR to take away the stresses of these activities, with the peace of mind that you have experts carrying out this essential work.
For a small business, outsourcing the HR function is a far more cost effective option than taking on a dedicated member of staff (with all of the extra costs that can entail, including management time). What’s more, you have the option to use an HR consultancy on an ad hoc basis or for a monthly retained fee.
Resolution 3 Recruit and Retain Skills
Recruit in haste repent at leisure. Ensure that you have a clear recruitment strategy and awareness of the skills gaps within your business. Recruitment isn’t just about sifting through mountains of CVs,
Top-notch talent can always move, even in a tough economy; and HR may be blindsided, and blamed, when top-notch talent leaves. Help to retain top-notch talent by increasing recognition and appreciation, focusing on problem solving and by discussing career paths without guarantees.
New Year Resolution 3 – Have More Fun
If you are a business owner, the chances are that your personal and professional life tends to merge into one. So, it’s even more important than ever to ensure that you take regular breaks and holidays as well as spending time with family and friends.
This doesn’t mean agreeing to requests for leave at any drop of hat; the business has to run effectively and your employees should understand that. However, you should encourage staff to spread their time off throughout the year and respect their privacy whilst they are away (so don’t bombard them with emails for example).
Work is hard. But there are a lot of ways that you can infuse (appropriate) fun into the process. When employees are having fun, they are happier, and happier employees are more productive so they create a better bottom line. So, here’s to a fun 2018!
You should celebrate successes too. We don’t do enough of this; we just jump to the next crisis. Celebrating success engenders engagement and all the benefits that go with it. When celebrating, appreciation and recognition are key.
Happy New Year from HCHR
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, associates and suppliers a very happy and prosperous New Year. Thank you all for making 2017 a huge success for HCHR and long may this continue over the next 12 months.