A company’s team of employees is the heartbeat of the organization, and without them, it would make completing and managing the day to day responsibilities nearly impossible. Though people are a requirement for businesses of all sizes, it is imperative to provide them with safe and comfortable working conditions and to ensure compliance with their legal rights. Hiring an independent HR consultant will allow a company to identify possible weaknesses and develop a strategy that will enable employees to understand their duties and the ramifications of not completing them.
The backbone of an HR department is the policies which state expectations and the consequences for not abiding by them. A one size fits all solution is not always recommended for human resource policies, as the needs of a company will vary depending on its particular industry. Talk to a professional and identify possible weaknesses that may open a company up to liability and legal issues that are otherwise staved off with the implementation of well-written policies.
No matter how well the policies and procedures that a company relies on are drafted, there may be issues that warrant consultation with a legal professional. The problem, however, is that most business owners aren’t aware of when this type of action is necessary. A consultant will create a procedures manual that dictates the kind of problems that should be addressed internally, and those that require the expertise of a legal professional.
One of the first lines of defense against problems revolving around human resources is providing managers with training and requiring them to run any critical changes through a contact in the human resources department. Providing a management team with a step by step guide that carefully details the steps a manager should take when issues arise ensures continuity and alleviates a host of legal problems. It will also prevent the occurrence of wrongful terminations and reduces the liability associated with unemployment claims and EEOC violations.
If managing the HR department of a company has become daunting, be sure to reach out for help. David Johnson Cane Bay has assisted companies in a variety of industries with engaging staff members and remaining compliant. Visit his website to learn more and take the first step in increasing the long-term viability of any size company.