Would you call yourself a ‘reluctant leader’? It’s a title that many small business owners, if they’re being completely honest, might identify with.
You started your company because you had an exciting product or service to share and you believed in the impact that it could have on the world. As you grow though, there are a tonne of extra responsibilities that end up on your agenda.
One of these is building and managing a team of productive and motivated individuals who can help you to reach those big goals. And it’s a whole lot easier said than done!
There are some all-too-common mistakes that a lot of small business owners are making and they often don’t even realise. Let’s take a look at what they are and what you should do about them…
Acting with the best intentions, but without understanding the law
You value your staff. You want to do your best by them. You have absolutely no intention of doing anything that could potentially harm your business or bring it into disrepute. The reality here though is that simply trying to do what feels right and fair often just doesn’t cut it.
Employment law can be complex and it’s your responsibility to make sure that you’re compliant. Do you understand, for example, the legislation around acceptable working hours? Or how you should support disabled members of staff? Or what to do if a worker is expecting a baby? If not, then you need to either improve your knowledge, or take advice from an expert.
Developing policies and procedures as the need arises
Perhaps you’ve never really considered how you would handle the situation if a member of staff started to underperform, or if their behaviour became unacceptable. Surely, you can address issues like this as and when they arise? Well, this approach certainly isn’t ideal and it can result in all kinds of problems.
If you don’t have robust policies and procedures in place, then consider this your wake-up call. Not only will making changes reduce your risk of running into difficulties, but it can also help you to drive your business forward.
Believing that investing in help is just for the big fish
When many business owners think about working with an HR consultant, they imagine that it might be something that they’ll do years in the future, once they’ve built a huge team. In actual fact though, we have provided affordable solutions to businesses with just a few employees and really helped them to nip problems in the bud, and create a clear growth plan for the future.
Seeking out help earlier can ensure that any niggling issues don’t become deeply engrained in your workplace culture and can give you a huge amount of peace of mind in your role as an employer.
If you’re reading this guide and you know that you’re guilty of making these mistakes, then get in touch. We can arrange to have a no-obligation consultation and make a plan for getting you firmly on the right track!