A new year is usually a good time to take stock, set some goals and even embark on a healthier new you. It’s what we do, although the resolutions we make do, more often than not, fade away by the time we reach Valentine’s Day – and that is only four weeks away.
Somewhere hidden in between the fitness, dry January and more veggie diet, life-changes will be the ‘getting organised’ pledge and for those with business responsibilities, this is slightly more than colour coding your wardrobe.
Ensuring that your employees have the most up-to-date contracts, that the policies and procedures are relevant and that you can sleep easy knowing your data protection processes do not make you want to put on your running shoes, and trust me, once you stop putting these things off and actually get around to resolving them, you will breathe easier and you will have prepared your business for the year ahead.
Much has changed in employment and discrimination law in the past year or two, and if the contracts of employment and policies you issue have not altered during that time, chances are they will need updating.
We’ve had to learn a great deal very quickly in the past year that we will never forget. Questions about working from home, self-isolation, travel, what are the do’s and don’ts, what can you expect of your employees – and them of you, were rarely thought of previously.
And what about the payroll, HR processes and documentation? Haven’t you been meaning to get that streamlined so you can be more effective in doing what you set out to do, rather than bogged down in the paperwork?
None of this has to be a daunting exercise, no calories need counting and by just accepting an expert’s helping hand to clear this vital work off your virtual desk, you will be saving enough time to get on with what you do best (other than colour-code your wardrobe) and take a pro-active step in taking care of business in 2021.
The dreaded word ‘outsourcing’ can conjure-up all sorts of experiences, but the new way of working with a virtual services provider is to regard it as a partnership and as an extension of your team. This approach means you don’t need to worry about one-off projects and workload peaks, allowing your core team to focus on the business.
Written by Anna Norton from Virtual HR.