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Last Updated September 3, 2019

4 revealing signs you need help with your human resources

We all have different motivations when starting out in our own business, but spending more and more time on managing staff rather than attending new business meetings is probably not one of them.  Do you therefore need some help with your human resources?

Did you start out on your own, or had a workforce to manage from day one?  Either way,  your business will need to grow to meet the demands of existing and potential customers. With this comes the need for staff to meet those demands and thus greater time spent on human resources.

Taking care of payroll and annual salary reviews.   Managing leave requests for short or long periods while covering the workload.   Keeping your business compliant and your staff performing.  These are all essential but time consuming tasks. 

Without the skills and knowledge required for these human resources tasks it can often feel overwhelming.  But how do you know if you need some human resources help?

Here are some signs you need assistance.

Are you looking to hire more staff?
There are many steps involved in successful and best practice recruitment including outlining the position responsibilities and reporting lines, advertising strategy, interview processes and employment contracts, to onboarding and inducting a new employee positively. You want to get this right the first time.

Do you have staff that are not meeting performance expectations?
As every individual is different so is their level of capability and experience. Additional training or performance discussions may be required to get expected performance back on track. In some instances concluding an employee may be required and therefore it is important to have the right information and processes in place.

Is your Payroll becoming more complex?
Payroll processing can become more time consuming if the needs of your staff are constantly changing. You may need to include new staff or process conclusions, track leave requests, reimburse expenses, review salaries and manage variations in hours. It is important to be skilled in payroll, super and tax to ensure you are compliant.

Are you looking to grow your business or review products and services?
It is useful to define and review your human resources function to ensure that your main asset, your employees, are able to deliver your strategy. This includes designing your ideal workforce with the roles, skills and knowledge required, assessing individual skills of employees now against what is required in the future and ensuring they know what is expected; both while performing their job and during interactions with other employees and customers.

If you answered yes to any of these questions then it is time to speak with Small Business Society regarding help with your Human Resources, to find out what will work best for your business and get some time back.

The information provided in this document is for your guidance only and is general in nature. It does not constitute as legal advice. It is the responsibility of the individual to seek legal advice where required.

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About Kate Tongue

Kate Tongue is the founding Director of Small Business Society.

She is a qualified and experienced Human Resources professional with more than 10 years of experience across the private and public sectors.

Her particular interest and experience is in managing the employee life cycle, delivering process improvements, and Human Resource strategy.

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