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Chris Bell

Managing HR as a Small Business



The HR department plays a vital role in any company. It’s there to protect the business and employees and make sure that staff is supported and receive the right training and opportunities during their time with the company. These are just a few of the responsibilities of an HR department, and this can be a lot of work for a dedicated team. However, small, independent businesses or start-ups often don’t have enough staff to create an HR department. Often these tasks fall to one or two people to manage, on top of other responsibilities they might have for another role. It can be a lot to balance, so here are a few tips that might help you manage your HR duties more efficiently as a small business owner.

Outsource Payroll

Making sure everyone is paid on time is essential, as the last thing you want is unhappy, resentful staff members because they are struggling to pay bills on time thanks to a delayed paycheck. One way to get around this happening is by finding a reputable payroll company to manage this task for you. They should be able to tailor their service to your business needs, make sure wages are paid out on time and accurately, as well as factoring in pensions and tax.

Create an Employee Handbook

Writing an employee handbook is always a good idea for any business. This document should be given to every employee when they start working for your company so that they can use it as a reference throughout their time with you. It should include company policies, explain protocols and procedures for things like fire evacuations, or if they want to make a complaint or book a holiday. It should also have information regarding what they’re entitled to in terms of annual leave, sick pay, and any training they need to complete. You should review your employee handbook each year and revise it as necessary, ensuring each employee gets the updated version.

Get Legal Advice

When dealing with employee rights and company procedures, don’t assume that you understand the ins and outs of the laws surrounding this. It’s always smart to get a solicitor to look over contracts, sick leave/pay entitlement, etc., to make sure that you and your employees are signing legally sound agreements. Although something might appear to be straight forward and an industry-standard to you, there might need to be alterations to make these terms work for your particular business operation.

Review Policies

It’s always worth taking the time, maybe once or twice a year, to look at your current company policies and consider how well they’re working. They need to match your company’s ethos, as well as maintaining the proper standards expected of any business to keep your employees and customers safe. Ask if you can do better, and see where improvements can be made.

Various HR tasks need to be managed, and in a small business, this can be quite challenging for such a small team. Think about the points above to help you keep on top of your HR duties, as well as making sure your business is a safe, positive place to work.