Could you benefit from the services of an HR Consultant?
The answer is YES if you:
- work for a small- to medium-sized business that doesn’t have an in-house HR function
- run a charity or voluntary organisation
- are a new business start up
- worry about falling foul of employment legislation
Read on for just some of the ways an HR Consultant can help.
- Salary and benefits. If you want to attract high calibre talent to your business you should always review market data. If your salary and benefits package has been researched and is competitive within your market you will attract quality staff who will help your business grow.
- Holidays. Isle of Man employment law states that full-time workers must be given a minimum of four weeks’ paid leave per year (which can include bank holidays). Make sure that you specify when holidays can be taken (for example, some industries close over the Christmas period while others, particularly retail, don’t allow holidays to be taken at this time) and how many can be taken at any one time.
- Health and Safety. As an employer you are legally required to ensure that the workplace is hazard free. At a minimum, you need to have a first-aid kit and an accident book.
- Staff Handbook. Employees should be made aware of the policies and procedures they are expected to follow so, whether these guidelines are in a hard copy handbook or are accessible online, it is important that all staff know exactly where to find them.
- Induction. The first three months of employment for new staff are critical. If you put a structured induction process in place you are more likely to retain your staff as they will feel a valued part of the team from day one.
- Performance Reviews. Employers and employees tend to have mixed feelings about the performance management process. However, if you want to aid staff development, manage behaviour and improve performance at the same time as ensuring everyone is working towards the same business goals then you should consider some form of appraisal system.
- Staff records. Employee data must be kept securely for at least seven years. As well as basic employee details you are legally required to record sickness absence as well as workplace accidents.
- Contracts of Employment. All staff should be given a written statement outlining the terms and conditions of their employment within four weeks of commencing employment. This should be well drafted to ensure that misunderstandings do not arise in the future. It is an offence to not provide a written statement and could result in prosecution.
In addition, it is worth considering the following:
- Pensions. In the UK, employers must, by law, automatically enrol their employees into a qualifying pension scheme and make contributions. This is not yet the case in the Isle of Man but it will follow.
- Employer’s Liability Insurance. You must have employer’s liability insurance – fines for not having suitable insurance can amount to £2,500.00 per day.
A good HR Consultant will be able to point you in the direction of reputable service providers who can work with you to ensure your financial needs are covered.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but it will give you some idea of what an HR Consultant can do for you and your business.
If you would like more information on any of this please get in touch and I will be only too happy to help.