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.

They hold the potential to help you grow quicker, succeed with new products, and deliver the customer experience that gets people raving about your company.

But without robust fundamentals in place, you can get tied up with people issues that will slow you down.

I don’t want that to happen to you.

Which is why I encourage you to start the year with a simple HR Health Check.

It won’t take long, but the results will prove invaluable.

That’s because this quick inventory will help you identify any lurking issues and empower you to take action to put things right.

All you need to do is answer these THREE questions:

  1. What’s the vision you have for your business this year?
  2. How will you communicate your vision and key messages to your employees?
  3. How will you ensure your people are motivated and committed to achieving your business goals?

It’s not enough for you to be clear about the year ahead.

You need your employees’ backing too. You need them motivated, focused, and committed to help you deliver.

And that’s where your HR strategy matters.

A solid HR Strategy can help you:

  • Boost performance
  • Tackle everyday staff issues (before they morph into something big)
  • Motivate your team to help you achieve your business goals.

Remember, HR isn’t a ‘nice to have’ – it’s an essential function of an ambitious, growing company.

So this year get the fundamentals in place and ensure your HR is fit for purpose – so it can help you make 2018 a successful milestone in the timeline of your business.

For a comprehensive list of HR Checklists along with 12 Strategy Questions, visit www.opthr.co.uk.

Rachel Wade
FCIPD | Director, Opt HR Limited
T024 7615 8431 | M07736 167450 | Erachelwade@opthr.co.uk

Empowering business owners with the knowledge, direction, and expertise to leverage their people resource.