Be prepared

What every business owner needs to know for the third quarter

We’re just past the middle of the year, and now’s a great time to take a step back from the day-to-day running of your business and consider the bigger picture. It’s easy to get caught up with the issues going on right now on your shop floor, but good business owners know that regular strategic planning is essential.

Here, we’re going to tell you exactly what you need to know from an HR and people management perspective, so you can thrive and hit your annual goals.

You can still recommit to your objectives

When we’re this far into a year, it can feel like the writing is already on the wall. In fact, the goals that you set back in January can seem like a distant memory. Are they still driving your activities, or have they almost been forgotten about? Assess your progress so far, and rethink what needs to be done to make the year a huge success.

Your HR boxes need to be ticked

We don’t like to talk about HR in terms of box ticking. It’s deeper than that. When you get it right, it’s about driving your strategic objectives. It’s about nurturing the most valuable resource that you can ever have in business. It’s about adding real, tangible value to your bottom line. But we’re also realistic, and it’s true that there are boxes that have to be ticked so you’re compliant with legislation and your duties as an employer. Consider whether all your policies and procedures and up to date in light of legislative changes, schedule performance reviews, and arrange discussions with your line managers to ensure they’re getting the support they need.

Now’s the time to start planning for Christmas

When the weather’s warm and summer holidays are the current topic of discussion, talking about Christmas almost seems unnatural. Some forward planning can help to avoid a whole world of problems though. If your business experiences a rush around the fourth quarter, then consider exactly how that will map out. As well, consider your practical people issues. You might experience an influx of leave requests, for example, and you need to be prepared for keeping up and keeping track.

If you’ve taken your eye off the ball and you feel like 2017 is just happening to you, rather than you taking control of what’s possible and what’s necessary, then we can help. We offer an HR audit service, and we can make sure that you’re in a position to make this year a resounding success for your business. Give us a call today to arrange your initial no-obligation consultation.