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We’re slap bang in 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 leaders 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 for 2017.

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You’ve built your business and have your employees in place to deliver the success of your business.  Through the process of bringing people into your company you’ve obtained all sorts of data from them and most of it is highly useful.  Yet having access to a wealth of valuable personal data also brings a responsibility to ensure that it is securely held and used in a responsible manner. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the latest effort to offer increased rights to individuals and to increase the organisational obligations of any companies that have access to their data.

The incoming regulations look set to bring in sweeping changes to how organisations handle the personal data of individuals. This obviously has a major impact on employers and your HR activities so it’s important to know how it will affect you. This short guide will give you an overview of how GDPR will affect business owners before and after it comes into effect.

What is the GDPR?

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Which function would be the winner? Who’d take the crown as the business owners’ can’t-live-without tool? And perhaps more interestingly, could one exist without the other?

When entrepreneurs are looking to increase their bottom line, or attract more of the best customers and clients, then they often look for outside solutions. They look towards social media platforms, or advanced sales tactics, or an external provider to solve their problems and create processes that bring in leads on autopilot. Of course, bringing in a regular stream of new business is absolutely essential, and it’s never going to be too far from your mind if you’re looking to step up to the next level.

But what about HR?

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We’ve all been there, I know that I thought I knew my ‘why’ but with the many challenges and journey as a business owner with it’s twists and turns, this can often phase into the background and come into question when things feel that they’re not going right.  And particular it’s good to get back to your ‘why’ and your ‘purpose’ to live and work in a harmonious happy and healthy way.

If you’ve ever faced a significant crisis in your life you’ll have experienced the power of ‘purpose’ to tap reserves of energy, determination and courage you likely didn’t know you had. Your mission was clear. Your goal was compelling. Your focus was laser-like. Your potential was tapped.

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Three Reasons Why HR is Boring

Let’s be honest here… HR has something of a reputation for being a little bit boring. It’s a burden that we’ve carried for years, and it’s one that refuses to budge in a lot of circles.

But is there any substance behind it? Are we actually just a group of thundering bores who can bring nothing more to your business than bureaucracy and forms to fill in and pointless policies that never see the light of day?

We’re willing to look at the arguments, for sure. Here are three reasons why the naysayers might just be right…

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