As a business owner, how do you know what you don’t know about HR?

I’ve often used the saying…How do you know what you don’t know? This question is especially important when it comes to human resources. As a business owner you are good at what you do and have created a successful business of your own as a result. At this point you probably have hired others to help you grow your business. But what about the human resources side of your business. How do you determine what employment laws apply to your company and when? How do you know what exactly you should do when you hire a new employee? How do you set up your employee files? What is important to keep and how should you keep it? There are these and many more questions you should know the answers to. But your expertise is in running and growing your business, so how do you acquire the expertise needed to ensure you don’t run afoul of employment laws?

The quickest and most efficient thing to do is to begin at the beginning by conducting an HR Risk Analysis (some call it an HR Audit). The HR Risk Analysis is a snapshot of your current HR processes and procedures. It will show you what you are currently doing right and what you are currently doing wrong or not at all. Once you have this snapshot you can begin the process of dealing with those items that need to be changed or created.

The HR Risk Analysis is one of the single most important exercises a business owner can perform to ensure he/she is compliant and will have the ability to successfully defend themselves, if necessary, in any type of employment issue.

I can’t begin to tell you how many HR Risk Analysis I have conducted…way too many to count. It can be time consuming and frustrating if you don’t know what to look for and how to look for it. The good news is that there are people out there like me, who know what to look for and how to find it. Over the years I have created a comprehensive HR Risk Analysis process that touches on all aspects of human resources, from the time a business owner is thinking about hiring a new employee to the employee’s termination and everything in between. Some clients want to get into the strategic aspects of HR but just don’t know how to do that. Others just want to make sure they have their employees files set up correctly and have processes in place to ensure they are as protected as they can be.

The HR Risk Analysis process is simple, effective and comprehensive. The process begins by gathering all the information needed, and when I say this is a comprehensive process, I truly cover everything. Once I have all the necessary data, I create an Analysis Report and Action Plan. The final deliverable is a document that outlines the client’s strengths and weaknesses in addition to an action plan that provides specific step by step information on projects to tackle in order of importance.

An HR Risk Analysis is a must for any small business owner’s peace of mind. Please call or email me if you are ready to sleep well at night and stop worrying about the human resources side of your business.