As a small business owner, I am well aware of all the different hats that need to be worn on a daily basis. When you begin to reap the benefits of adding additional headcount to your team it is immense relief knowing that the workload will be more manageable. However, through adding additional team members, you now have to manage these resources effectively. In order to do that, a new craft you must learn is that of human resources. Human resources encompasses far more than just employee relations and terminations. The department manages workplace safety, compensation and benefits, hiring and onboarding, legal compliance, and more! Given that, where do you start?
Well, the next question is… what do you currently need in your business from your people? What is the future need? Once goals are established, you can then look at how you can use human resource functions to achieve these goals. For example, if you need to increase the amount of product getting out and you eventually need to hire additional headcount, it would be a good idea to focus on your recruiting strategy and analyzing the labor market to assist in determining compensation figures. On the other hand, if you culture is rocky and you are dealing with employee conflict and your business is a revolving door. You may need to dive deeper into employee relations and see if there is any training that can be brought in to smooth the waters.
HR is fluid and the strategies can be used to enhance your business function. If you are looking to take your business to the next level, you must not forget to analyze how you are managing your people through the eyes of HR. The truth is, every manager is an HR manager. Now is the time to start using HR tactics to grow your business. Do you need to grow your HR skills? The HR Trail has designed a 5-day Crash Course just for you. It is an online course that provides small business owners with the essential HR knowledge they need to run a successful business. The course covers topics such as hiring, onboarding, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and more. This program airs on June 12th, click the link below for more information!
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