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Health & Safety and Human Resources (HR)

As you maybe aware Health & Safety and Human Resources (HR) work very well together and there is so much common ground we cover. We are both specialists in our field and we love coming together and working together. Its very powerful.

This week I have a guest blog from an amazing work colleague and HR Profession Sally Beckford. Please feel free to contact Sally anytime and she will be happy to support you.

Ready to grow your team?

Employing people is a huge step for any business. It’s an exciting time where you’re geared up to grow. But the extra financial, legal and managerial responsibilities can be really daunting. And many businesses come unstuck because they don’t have the basics in place.

HR Blog

Whether you’re employing your first member of staff, or expanding your team, it’s a good idea to get expert advice before you start recruiting so you have everything you need to support you. This includes:

  • Getting clear on your tax and employment responsibilities
  • Creating a job description including the job purpose, responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the type of person you are looking for
  • Developing a contract of employment template
  • Ensuring you have the appropriate insurances
  • Registering with HMRC as an employer
  • Setting up a payroll system or outsourcing to a provider

Many HR issues come back to a lack of clarity with employees. That’s why it’s crucial to communicate your expectations before people start. An Employee Handbook is a great way to set out the ethos and values of your business, the details of what’s provided, staff benefits, key procedures and policies etc. It doesn’t have to be complicated but it’s one of the most valuable HR tools to protect your business and your employees.

Naturally, good communication with new employees goes beyond handing over a bundle of documents. Take time to induct and train your new member of staff so they feel welcome, confident and ready to get going. And encourage an open culture where feedback is two way and regular, so you support their development which will boost the success of your business.

Solutions HR helps Hertfordshire SMEs to grow through the power of a thriving workforce.
With a long career in commercial HR, including 19 years with John Lewis, I set up Solutions HR to bring leading business expertise to SMEs, offering specialist advice and operational support across all areas of HR.
From getting documentation in place to managing major projects, Solutions HR provides a bespoke service to meet the needs of the business and its people. I specialise in building positive relationships throughout the HR lifecycle, to help develop motivated and productive teams that drive business success.