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If your business is anything like ours, fourth quarter already feels like it’s flying by, even though it just started!

In the midst of wrapping up 2018 initiatives, it can be a challenge to find the time to slow down and map out the upcoming year.

However, investing precious time and energy into developing a comprehensive strategic plan for 2019 will benefit your business and team long after this quarter ends.

Budgets and growth plans are obvious topics in strategic planning discussions, but HR is a valuable resource that is often overlooked.

We’d like to help you develop a more effective HR function in 2019 by giving you a few ideas for projects to incorporate into your 2019 planning sessions.

If you have any questions or need any help initiating these projects for your business, give us a call at 502.753.0970 or contact us on our website here.

Top 5 Human Resources Projects for 2019

1. Conduct an HR Compliance Review

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.

An HR Compliance Review (aka an HR Audit) provides the answers. Having an objective third party examine your processes helps you see what you are doing right, but more importantly, what you need to correct.

Conducting an HR Compliance Review helps you to discover where your company is at risk & how to fix it before it is too late.

Remember: All it takes to get into a labor dispute is one mad, irrational former employee. It’s best to be prepared.

To get a quick overview and find out if your business could be at risk, take our free, online HR Compliance Review here.

2. Revamp your Recruiting Process

If you’re frustrated with the quality of candidates you’re attracting, the time it’s taking to hire high caliber candidates, and/or the cost associated with recruiting and retaining employees, you should consider revamping your recruiting process.

This one may sound intimidating, but we’re here to help! When you outsource your professional recruiting project to Integrity HR, you will see a significant return on investment.

We are committed to taking a proactive approach to finding great talent – we’re not going to sit back and wait for talent to come to us – you can count on us to go find that great person who will fit all your needs!

Just like our human resources outsourcing and consulting services, our professional recruiting services are designed to be flexible, and customized to meet the individual needs of our clients.

Learn more about our professional recruiting services here, or contact Mark Hardy, Talent Acquisition Manager, at 502.371.4068.

3. Complete a Compensation Review

When is the last time you really thought about the compensation philosophy in your organization?

A properly administered compensation strategy can reduce payroll costs and dramatically increase the productivity of a workplace, enhance the company culture, and increase the company’s overall bottom line.

In 2019, consider if your current compensation structure caters to the performance you expect.

For instance, would it make more sense for your organization to lower base wages and increase performance incentives? Would paying above industry standards help attract high talent?

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?

Check out our compensation consulting services here if you’d like to tackle this project in 2019.

4. Consider Incorporating Assessment Tools

Maybe you’d like to know exactly how to develop your current employees for better performance. Or, perhaps you are looking for a better gauge of a job candidate before a hiring decision is made.

We know that many businesses struggle to find, hire, and develop a successful team, which is why Integrity HR offers a wide variety of behavioral and talent assessment tools to help you select top talent and develop team members.

Incorporating assessments into your hiring process and team development program allows you to measure results before, during, and after a hire.

Learn more about behavioral & talent assessment tools here.

In addition to assessment tools, you may want to consider incorporating an Applicant Tracking System. If you’re buried under an avalanche of resumes, cover letters, and assessment results, then the ATS will help you to organize and track your candidates.

Integrity HR’s Applicant Tracking System is a web-based hiring software that automates every step in your hiring process. This system makes you look like a rockstar with your applicants through easy-to-find online job postings, automated resume uploads, and professional email communications.

Discover how the Applicant Tracking System can help you achieve success here.

5. Develop a Succession Plan

While you’re already in the planning mode, why not develop a succession plan for your business in 2019?

Every company (big or small) needs to have a succession plan in place. A solid succession plan can assist with business continuity, tap the potential for intellectual capital in the organization & improve employee morale, among other benefits.

Developing a succession plan doesn’t have to be complicated! Succession planning basically means identifying internal employees with the potential to fill leadership positions to make for a smoother transition when leadership change occurs.

Integrity HR’s Succession Planning services can help you to identify critical jobs, potential successors, and skills gaps in order to create an effective succession plan for your organization.

Learn more about creating a succession plan for your business here.

There you have it: The Top 5 Human Resources Projects for 2019.

Wait – can we add one more? 

Sign up for our newsletter list to be the first to receive our 2019 Seminar & Webinar Calendar. We’ll be hosting many seminars and webinars in 2019 that will be approved for HRCI and SHRM continuing education credit.

Sign up to receive an email alert here.

We hope you had your pen & planner out! We are HR professionals, but we’re not biased: tackling these HR projects really can significantly enhance your business.

How do we know?

Because we complete these projects all the time for other companies and they see positive results.

We want you to see positive results this year, too.

If you have any questions or need any help initiating these projects for your business, give us a call at 502.753.0970 or contact us on our website here.

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