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Watt’s Your HR Plan?Follow this 5-point checklist to make sure you get the very best out of your team this year.

Watts Your HR Plan
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Watt’s Your HR Plan?

Follow this 5-point checklist to make sure you get the very best out of your team this year.

1. Make sure you’re legally compliant

The quickest way to receive a costly employee claim is by not having the right paperwork in place. Luckily, it’s one of the easiest things to fix which is why it’s at number 1.

Ensure you’re paying all staff at least the national minimum wage

Ensure your staff have the right to work in the UK

Complete DBS checks if required

Ensure you have the correct employment liability insurance

Ensure everyone has an up-to-date signed contract

Ensure everyone has access to your company handbook

Ensure everyone is aware of your policies

Ensure you are not discriminating against any employees who may have protected characteristics

2. Save costs using HR software Managing employees takes time and this costs money.

That’s why you should be using HR software to reduce admin time and costs.

Use software to help manage:

Recruitment and applicant tracking

Employee onboarding

Employee records

Time and attendance tracking

Payroll management


Performance management

Training and development

Employee self service

Compliance and reporting



...(This is not an exhaustive list)

3. Use audits and surveys to know what needs fixing

You need insights to help you make the best decisions for your business and that’s what internal audits and surveys can provide.

Here’s some things you should look to improve using audits and surveys:

Culture Training and development

Employee engagement and satisfaction

Employer branding: recruiting and retaining the best people


...(This is not an exhaustive list)

4. Keep employees happy

Employee happiness has a direct link to the productivity and profitability of your business. Happy team, happy business. Sad team, sad business. Here are some ways:

Promote employee wellbeing

Tackle work-related causes of stress

Support staff struggling with their mental health

Create a mental health plan

... (This is not an exhaustive list)

5. Work with an expert HR consultant to create your people plan

A people plan is a exactly that – a plan on how you’re going to manage and leverage your biggest asset to achieve your goals. 2024 is predicted to be a challenging year for business owners, which is why it’s important to work with an expert to create a people plan.

Here are some key points your people plan should include:

Align vision and mission with strategy and goals

Workforce analysis and planning


Engagement and retention

Training and development

Budget and resource allocation

...(This is not an exhaustive list)

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