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Top 5 HR Projects for 2021

The fourth-quarter blues are upon us and we’re already planning ways to tackle everything on our to-do list for the upcoming year.

At Integrity HR, it is our goal to help you move into the new year as seamlessly as possible. For us, that means making a plan to tackle your next HR projects.

We know that sometimes human resources updates can fall by the wayside to seemingly more important tasks. But the fact of the matter is that HR is important for both you and your employees. Keeping HR up to date helps everyone and ensures that you are staying compliant.

We are here to help you be more effective than ever in 2021. If your HR to-do list is a mile long, here are a few things we recommend moving to the top of the list.

1. Update your employee handbook

A handbook is one of the easiest ways to effectively and completely convey your company policies to employees. With policies changing every month, it is important to stay up to date on your compliance, too. If you do not have a handbook or if yours is out of date, the new year is the perfect opportunity for an overhaul.

A well-thought-out handbook decreases your risk of costly employee relations issues, and can also help you know your policies are compliant and consistent. A compliant handbook doesn’t just sit uselessly on a shelf; it is beneficial to both the employee and the employer. Looking over your handbook should be a consistent part of your HR compliance checklist.

Check out our employee handbook page for more information and to learn more about how Integrity HR can help you update your handbook or start from scratch!

2. Complete an HR audit

When is the last time you really delved into 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 audit helps you discover where your company is at risk and how to fix issues before it is too late.

Remember: All it takes to get into a labor dispute is one angry and impulsive former employee. It’s best to be prepared and cover all your bases before you end up in court.

To learn more about HR audits, check out the top three things you need to know here.

3. Review and update your HR strategic plan

The goal of a good HR strategy is to find the best ways to benefit your company and your employees. Your HR department should not merely function, but act as a profit center and help you accomplish your goals.

HR is more than just recruiting, interviewing, and compliance, and you need a team that will help you compete not only with those in your market but with continually evolving laws and regulations that govern how your business unit is operated.

Integrity HR is committed to taking a proactive approach to your HR strategic plan. Read more about how our strategic HR consulting services can help you maximize your HR processes here.

4. Streamline with HR outsourcing

If you are looking for ways to streamline your HR strategy, then the new year is the time to consider human resources outsourcing.

Not only does working with an outside HR company help make your company better for your employees, but it can also help save you time and money, improve your productivity, and reduce your risks of noncompliance.

A company like Integrity HR can take the human resources woes off your plate, so you can get back to focusing on the things that really matter to you. Our customizable plan streamlines your processes and solves your day-to-day HR needs.

We know outsourcing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but it could be the best thing for your company. Find out if outsourcing your HR is the right choice for your business here.

5. Focus on your culture

“Company culture” is a bit of a buzz word these days, but that’s because of how important it is to employees and your organization.

Company culture can refer to a variety of aspects of your organization, including work environment, leadership style, company mission, and shared values.

You will find that employees who feel their values align with a company and that they fit well within their company’s workplace culture are happier in their positions, and therefore, more productive and more likely to stay in a position longer.

Setting into motion a plan that reflects your company’s values and more ensures that you are bringing in the best-suited employees and doing the best work possible.

To learn more about building up your own company culture, ask us about our new training program.

These five trends and important HR strategy steps are a few of the items that should be at the top of your New Year’s to-do list. We know it can be a lot to handle, but we believe that all of these can lead to great results for your company.

Need assistance with one or several of these projects? Our HR consultants are here to help you. Let’s get started!

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