By Four HR
Our award winning head of Four HR Gemma Sofield, is a CIPD qualified HR professional. Gemma works with businesses across the North West recruiting HR professionals from administration level through to director.
Over the past couple of years, the labour market has taken a steady positive incline. At Four we have noticed a significant increase in the number of SME’s bringing on board their first internal HR professional.
Tony O’Farrell (Finance Director) at Clarke & Clarke is one of our clients who has recently invested in HR.
“The expansion of our workforce over the past few years led us to believe that we had outgrown the use of a third party to provide HR support. In addition, fast-changing and complex legislation meant that it was unrealistic to expect managers across the business to stay up to date with all facets of employment law.
Bringing in a qualified HR professional has allowed our managers to concentrate on their day jobs without being drawn into unfamiliar HR territory. Nicola – our new HR Manager who was sourced by Gemma at Four HR – has ensured that contracts and handbooks are not only up to date but are also tailored to the needs of our business and, just as importantly, having a HR manager on site ensures that staff know they have someone to go to when in need of support.
Whilst the introduction of a HR function from scratch clearly brings some challenges, these are far outweighed by the benefits to Clarke & Clarke of having dedicated HR support both now and in the future.”
So what is the value of HR to a business?
* It ensures businesses are treating employees fairly and consistently
* People are frequently cited as a businesses most valuable asset – however the long term success and financial performance of a company is usually directly linked to the talents and motivations of its people
* It gives the business legal protection – ensuring businesses and managers are to speed on employment legislation
* There is someone to design HR processes that promote fairness and equality
* HR increasingly more important for a business as the workforce becomes increasingly diverse
* HR in a lot of businesses is now viewed as more of a strategic role with HRD’s increasingly being present on Management teams and participating in the strategic business planning – strategic HR professionals are able to contribute to the current view and future expectations of people and resource needs, overseeing compensation and training changes, and researching emerging opportunities and threats
* Bringing in HR can allow a business to be more proactive in relation to its people rather than just reacting to situations that have happened
* They can drive employee engagement across the business
* Having an internal HR professional that knows and understands the business can allow them to really get under the skin of the business and its requirements
* They can oversee talent planning for the business
Often businesses only bring HR in-house when there has been an issue. It really shouldn’t take this to realise the value that HR can add. We work with HR professionals across the region and can help businesses to source temporary or permanent HR specialists from administration to director level.
For further details please contact Gemma on 01204 326 444 or firstname.lastname@example.org