Start 2012 Off Right With These HR Projects

5…4…3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Now that 2012 is underway, it is time to get down to business. What do you want to accomplish in 2012?

Now, this post does not apply to anyone who plans on spending 2012 preparing for the end of the world. Of course, if you’re one of those people, then you are probably too busy building your underground zombie-proof shelter to read this. Anyways, I digress.

As we say goodbye to 2011, we are in such a great place. We have a whole year ahead of us. We can do anything! So, what are you going to do? Finally finish that crochet scarf you started in 2008? Finally learn a different language? Finally patent your idea for a hat that doubles as a head scratcher? (Too late, Modern Family already called that one). Finally complete those HR projects you’ve been talking about since you started your job?

Let’s focus on the last one. As HR professionals, you have a lot going on. Often times, you are too busy fixing the everyday problems of employees that you don’t have time for what YOU really want to accomplish. If this describes your work day, then we can help!  We want to give you some ideas for 2012 projects that will significantly enhance your business.

Now let’s get started. Get out that 2012 planner and fresh ink pen and write these down! (Or just open your Google calendar).


Number 1: Conduct an HR Operational Review (aka HR audit):

When is the last time you truly evaluated your human resources processes and procedures? Are you using up-to-date forms that comply with all of the new legislation? Are you unintentionally discriminating against a protected class? The list of questions goes on and on.

Having an objective third party examine your processes helps you see what you are doing right, but more importantly, what you need to correct.

Now I know what you’re thinking. We’re fine. We don’t need to do that. It won’t happen to us. But be careful. All it takes to get into a labor dispute is one ticked off irrational former employee. It’s best to be prepared.

To find out if your business is at risk, download a free HR operations analysis toolkit here.

Number 2: Review and Update Your Employee Handbook:

This Human Resources project is an obvious one, and something that you should always have in the back of your mind as an HR professional. Your employee handbook holds all of your employment related policies, which are vital to keeping you out of trouble as well as ensuring your employees are being treated fairly.

While handbooks may just seem like a necessary evil dreamed up by wicked HR professionals, the reality is your employee handbook can be the most valuable weapon in your arsenal against costly legislation. In the event a legal issue arises, being able to refer to the policies in your employee handbook can save you a bundle.

Ensuring your policies are written correctly as well as up to date with all current legislation and new societal developments, such as social media and emerging technologies like tablet PCs, is extremely important. We recommend revising your handbook once a year, or at the extreme minimum once every two years.

To find out if your employee handbook needs to be updated, download a free employee handbook analysis toolkit here.

3.) Examine Your Compensation Strategy:

When is the last time you really thought about the compensation philosophy in your organization? Might it make more sense for your organization to lower base wages and increase performance incentives?

You may think it’s silly to do something like pay above industry standards to your staff, but some of the most successful organizations do this to attract the talent that this kind of strategy brings in. I’m not recommending it, but I do encourage you to consider if your current compensation structure caters to the performance you expect.

Another important point to consider is if your compensation strategy is consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act? Have you correctly identified the exemption status of your employees? Are your managers educated as to what they can and can’t do when it comes to allowing time off, etc?

A properly administered compensation strategy can not only reduce payroll costs, but can also dramatically increase the productivity of a workplace, enhance the company culture, and overall increase the company bottom line.

To find out if your compensation plan needs to be updated, download a free compensation plan analysis toolkit here.

Completing these three projects can dramatically smooth the HR Operations of your business, allowing you to focus on the continued success of your business. Another project you should consider for 2012 is getting your HR certification (if you don’t have it already). Check back soon for a blog about how HR certification can help you career!

So don’t wait until 2013 to find success (after all, the world may not be here after 12/21/12)!

Let us know your big plans for 2012 in the comments below! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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