Getting started with HR Solutions..
Hello my name is Alex. Brogan. If you run a small or medium
sized business and need
any advice about employing or managing staff, then this website
is for you.
Our aim is simple: to provide the best possible advice and
resources to support your business at no cost to you.
(We cover the costs of the website by onsite adverts, some affiliate
income and a few book sales).
We realise how overwhelming it can appear when you are faced with
having to employ your first or a new member of staff, or having to deal with complex
issues like parental leave or staff continually off sick. Don't worry this page is designed to
make sure you get the information you need by linking you to the best resources on our website.
So lets get started....
What would you like to do?
Ensure your business is ready to employ staff
In reality small businesses do not need to have much in the way of policies and procedures in place to
start employing staff. You do need a Health & Safety Policy, but if you
have 5 or less staff you don't even have to write this down (although we
would recommend you do). Look on our Health and Safety Page (see
left-side menu) for more advice on this, or there is a simple template
here. You can gradually implement other key policies or a simple staff handbook as your
business and employee numbers grow. For further information on the legal
requirements around employment policies have a look at
Employ your first (or
next) member of staff
This can be a daunting prospect! It is very straightforward though -
we have a comprehensive guide
to employ your first member of staff" which takes you
through the process from doing a job description, advertising the
job, preparing the administration and welcoming them onboard.
If you want advice on issuing a contract of employment, look at our video tutorial on that subject on
our Video Tutorials page.
You already employ some staff but you're worried that you don't have
proper employment policies and procedures in place yet.
The best advice in these circumstances is to ensure you do 2 things:
1. Make sure all your staff have a proper statement of their
terms and conditions of employment (a.k.a an employment contract).
There are several templates on our
Contract of Employment page that
you could use.
2. Implement a simple Staff Handbook which describes your company policy on
any other employment issues e.g. how to report sick. There is a
complete up-to-date staff handbook template on our
page. We also have an integrated contract / staff handbook template
If you already have some policies in place and
just want to add some other policies as they are required e.g. a parental leave policy, then you can use
the free template policies available on our site - see left-side menu.
You want to ensure your policies are always up-to-date
If you use the templates on our website, then we always update them
where there are changes to employment law or best practice. You can
ensure you are kept informed of any changes by signing up to our
free update service where we will email you if any policy / handbook
Sign Up Here.
You can also regularly check our
blog where we will make you aware of any
upcoming employment issues which might affect your business.
You want advice and support in dealing with your staffing issues
You can submit a question
to one of our consultants, and we will email you back in 24 - 48 hours with an answer.
You can follow this up as often as you like - all free of charge.
We also have many articles and answers to questions submitted to us on our blog which
deals with a wide range of staffing issues and problems from
holiday entitlement to dealing with
statutory requests for flexible working. On the right side of this page we
have listed out a number of our most popular articles.
We also have an
ebook available in response to some of the most asked questions on our website:
"How to Deal With Staff Who Can't or Won't Perform" by Alex Brogan.
This comes complete with a free comprehensive online resource
pack and currently costs £4.99 - all proceeds go to maintaining this
site as a free resource.