HR management: Where to start?
As an HR professional or a business owner, you understand that the term ‘HR management’ is not only incredibly broad, but is made up of a plethora of topics. Not only does it mean the management of your people, but it also includes the countless hours you are forced to spend on ‘paper pushing’ including drafting employment contracts, policies and procedures.
As an HR management professional, there are a number of the skills that you are required to develop. Possibly one of the most vital to your role is that of ‘multi-tasking’. Picture this: you’re working on the payroll for the fortnight when you receive a call from an employee complaining about their manager’s treatment towards them; you then receive an email from another employee questioning a clause in their employment contract; another employee texts you asking about their leave entitlements and then your boss comes in to your office and tells you it’s time to terminate a different employee. Where do you start and what do you prioritise!?
At HR Assured, we understand HR management isn’t for everyone. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a designated HR professional to assist in the management of your employees, or you’re a business owner who is a bit of an ‘all-rounder’, HR management is tough. Some of the main issues that business face in HR management include problems around:
- Employment contracts
- Performance management procedures
- Managing different personalities
- Payroll issues
- Recruitment concerns
- Employee entitlements.
And these are just a few! While HR management isn’t for everyone, it definitely applies to everyone! Whether you have 1 employee or 100, HR management is a major part of the running of your business.
Unlike a number of other countries, Australia’s employment landscape is heavily regulated. This puts pressure on HR management professionals to ‘get it right’ the first time. It is therefore understandable that HR professionals can often second guess themselves when it comes to making difficult decisions surrounding someone’s employment. Not only are the risks of claims such as unfair dismissals or general protections high, recent developments in the law have seen an increasing focus on ‘accessorial liability’ meaning HR professionals can be found personally liable for knowingly contravening workplace laws such as the Fair Work Act 2009. We therefore understand just how ‘high risk’ and nerve-racking HR management can be, and how important it is to get it right.
HR Assured knows there are ways to make HR management easier. Starting with a developed and accessible HRIS (Human Resources Information System) such as HRA Cloud, or an established advice service (such as the HR Assured 24/7 Telephone Advisory Service) HR management can be made easier when you partner with us!