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As the second half of 2018 begins, you can’t help but reflect on your successes (and setbacks) as you think about what lies ahead.

When all has gone well, your next steps are clear. Double down on what’s working and get implementing towards that next milestone. But what happens if you’re falling short of targets, are struggling to get profitable, and are stuck with outdated systems and methods that aren’t taking you forward?

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I love the New Year.

For me, it represents a blank slate and the potential to achieve something significant in the year ahead. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be filled with optimism and plenty of exciting plans for 2018.

But don’t make the mistake of running before you can walk!

I understand that you’re itching to get started.

However, sometimes you need to slow things down before you can pick up pace – and that’s especially true when it comes to your staff.

Without the right policies, procedures, and management in place, you risk scuppering your plans before they even get started.

Your team is your most valuable resource.

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With Christmas rushing ever closer, I’m sure you’re busy turning your attention to the festivities, parties, and downtime with the people you love.

But before you down tools for the year, can I encourage you to reflect on the time that’s passed first

Looking back to see what went well (and what didn’t) is vital in business.

If you don’t learn from the past you risk repeating the same mistakes unnecessarily.

And if you don’t identify what worked well, you can’t embed these insights into your 2018 plan.

Of course you should reflect across your entire business, but as well as focusing on the financials, remember to spend some time reviewing your HR.

Remember, your employees are critical to the success of your business.

And to help you do your HR review productivity, here are some resources and ideas to help:

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Any time of the year brings challenges for business owners when it comes to managing a team of people, and the summer is no different. Everyone might be in a slightly better mood when the sun starts to shine, but there are potential issues that you need to be aware of to ensure the smooth running of your operations. No one likes to think about the worst case scenario, but being prepared and thinking about your plan of action is always better than being caught off-guard.

Here, we’re going to take a look at a few HR horror stories from the summer months, and explain how you can avoid the fallout in your business.

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The summer months aren’t best known for being the most productive of seasons in the workplace. With many staff members heading off on holiday, or dreaming of more exotic locations than your offices, output can often take a bit of a slide in the wrong direction. It’s not long though until we hit the final quarter of the year, so if you want to make sure that you smash your goals, it’s worth taking a little time out to assess how you can get things back on the right track.

Let’s take a look at what you can do, in practical terms, to beat the summer productivity slump…

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