What’s in store for your HR in 2016?

One whole week into 2016… By now you’ve (hopefully) recovered from Christmas and are starting to think about what the new year will bring. We know that you’ve probably got a million and one changes in mind, and are eager to put things in motion.

Your people, your HR are at the heart of your business and will play a pivotal part in any changes you make. That’s why we’re excited to share with you what’s in store for your HR in 2016.

1. The fight for talent

As we move into 2016 and the economy continues to grow, SME’s will need to get creative in attracting talent to their businesses.

SME’s typically don’t have spare cash to throw at attracting talent, and in the South, we have the double whammy issue of fighting against those doing the London / Brighton commute for bigger salaries.

Business owners need to be smart, and understand what it is that talent want and move quickly. Candidates are being snapped up in a matter of days, so now is not the time to ponder for too long.

2. Changing ways of working

Did you know that our standard 9-5 mind-set was designed to meet the needs of manufacturing and heavy industry?

Technology has advanced so much that distance and location really don’t matter anymore. Equally the next generation have grown up with smart phones, instant communication and more importantly, do not want the typical 9-5 corporate life.

In the next 10 years we are going to see a massive increase in the trend of becoming an Entrepreneur – so business owners everywhere need to start thinking now about how they can appeal to the next generation – developing ways of working and cultures that are attractive to those with the skills businesses need.

3. Structure

On the complete flip side of the new flexible approach to work, growing businesses are increasingly feeling the need to put structure in place when it comes to their people.

Whether this be to support ISO9001 applications, as is becoming ever more necessary for tendering or to ensure that team members are clear on their roles and what is expected from them.

If you are thinking about moving towards more flexible ways of working structure is imperative so you can ensure your employees understand what is expected from them, how this will be measured and how they will be rewarded for this.

4. Employment law

As ever, we will see updates in 2016.  Shared Parental Leave was a biggy in 2015, and with plans to introduce grandparents leave, family and flexibility are key when it comes to employment law.

If you know HR changes are in store for your business, but aren’t quite sure how to approach them we’re happy to give you a hand. Give us a call on 01243 717693, or email [email protected] to find out what we can do for you.