Beginning to manage a workforce

Running your own business is tough, especially if it is just you in the business as you have to do everything. As you begin to employ staff some things get easier as there are more people to do the work, but you also take on extra responsibilities and have much more administration work.

Examples of the extra things you need to think about and put into place are:

  • HR compliance; contracts of employment, employee handbooks, right to work in the UK checks, privacy notice.
  • Formal HR letters; pension opt in, change of employment terms, flexible working.
  • Getting the best out of your staff; pay and benefits, appraisals, retention.
  • Managing the people issues; disciplinary’s, grievances, absence, performance.
  • Keeping track of probationary periods and holidays.


All this takes time and effort, especially if you decide to do it all yourself, when this would be time well spent on other aspects of the business.

If you have the experience, time and expertise, (or someone in your business does), then you should do it yourself.

If that isn’t the case, you should look to find an HR Partner who can handle all this for you. It saves you time and effort, and you have the reassurance that mistakes will not be made that could cost you in the future.


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