Handling HR is critical to running a successful small business and managing a team, but can seem daunting when faced with a mountain of legislation and limited resources.
Cranfield University Technology Park took a look at the key areas at our free business breakfast, to help SMEs in Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire get to grips with what they really need to know about HR.
Paula Stuart, Employment Law Partner at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors led the event and is offering a free one-hour consultation to anyone who attended the session. To get in touch touch see her presentation here.
In addition here are our own top tips from the seminar which are also available to download here.
Make sure there is a clear job description for the role at the outset and that recruitment decisions are based on ability alone
Contracts & Policies
Start as you mean to go on with proper contracts and policies, which will stand you in good stead as your business grows
New employees have a right to their ‘particulars of employment’ or Contract within two months
A full staff handbook including guidelines on dress/ IT & social media policies, sickness and holiday procedures will ensure consistency and that all information is easily understood
Think ahead when handling problems such as attendance or performance to give yourself the broadest range of options to manage the situation
Start disciplinary processes early
Maternity, paternity and shared parental leave is a complex issue which should be handled sensitively. Be aware of your obligations and the latest legislation
To wrap up our event Anna Morrison provided an update on how an apprentice could be the answer to your HR needs. For the latest updates on the programme check out Anna’s presentation here.
About the events
Cranfield University Technology Park’s free business seminars are designed to suit the needs of growing businesses in the Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire, with topics ranging from finance and business development to apprenticeship programmes.
The events which include a networking breakfast are hosted in the Cranfield Innovation Centre offices’ conferencing suite and are open to all.
The events are delivered in partnership with Cranfield University, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and Central Bedfordshire Council.