It is generally accepted that people are the greatest asset of any business, large or small. Establishing a robust Human Resource strategy as an integral part of a business can support effective recruitment, performance management, aid staff retention, engage and motivate staff and ultimately, benefit the bottom line.
Business Wales has just launched a new campaign to help more Welsh SMEs develop these strategies, implement good practice, comply with current legislation and put effective policies and procedures in place.
Cathryn Edwards, a Human Resources Adviser at Business Wales, explains: "Good practice in Human Resource Management is fundamental to running an efficient business with well-motivated staff and a satisfied client base.
Our specialist HR team consists of experienced professionals and employment lawyers who can provide a wide range of fully-funded support. We have launched this campaign to let more Welsh SMEs know that they can access our service free of charge – we can help start-ups to recruit their first employee or apprentice, highlight key issues relating to contracts of employment, the legal aspects of employing staff, company handbooks and policies, while also supporting growing businesses with employee engagement, performance management, discipline, grievance and capability issues."
Whether it’s helping with recruitment, legal compliance or staff engagement, hundreds of businesses across Wales have already benefitted from the Business Wales specialist HR support.
Eifion Thomas, Manager at the spectacular St Tewdrics House in Chepstow, now an exclusive wedding venue, received advice on the various routes to recruitment, including information on Jobs Growth Wales, apprenticeships and training schemes, as well as contracts of employment, HR policies and procedures.
Eifion said: "Working with the right people is crucial for every business and Business Wales have been a key partner for us. Their advice and experience in sourcing valuable professional resources is a service that would benefit every business."
The Business Wales HR campaign also sees the launch of the Business Wales Equality Pledge – a practical way for businesses to take action towards improving their equality performance and more importantly, communicate this commitment to their community. Organisations will be encouraged to commit to a number of activities which will benefit their customers, employees or help them achieve equality best practice amongst suppliers, ultimately supporting businesses to become employers of choice.
Business Wales, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, supports the sustainable growth of small and medium size enterprises across the country by offering access to information, guidance and business support.