For your business to succeed, it needs people: employees, workers and leaders. And for those people to perform well and deliver what the
business needs, you must have a comprehensive framework of HR documents in place. These documents are essential for ensuring your people feel supported and engaged – and to make sure the business stays on the right side of the law.
Getting employee contracts right
Employee contracts is one area that’s come under increasing scrutiny, particularly over the past year. The independent Taylor Review, published in 2017, highlighted that too many employers are relying on zero-hour contracts and recommended a number of reforms, including the right for zero-hour and agency workers to request a contract with guaranteed hours after 12 months with a company. The government accepted many of the report’s recommendations, and has pledged to implement reforms and give workers new rights.
It’s therefore vital companies balance their need for flexibility with an understanding of workers’ rights. The best approach for your business is likely to involve a range of different contract templates that suit various positions and circumstances, such as:
- Full-time and part-time jobs
- Senior staff positions
- Home workers
- Flexi-time, casual work and job-shares
- Young workers and apprentices
Depending on your business, you may also need separate agreements that cover consultancy and service providers, or maybe even volunteers.
Documents for the entire employment lifecycle
When it comes to employment documents, contracts are only part of the picture. To ensure your business stays in line with employment law and best practice, you’ll also need a full range of policies and procedures that cover all aspects of the employment lifecycle, including.
- Staff handbook– which is designed to avoid employee disputes by setting out exactly what you expect from them and what they can expect from you
- Policies for recruiting, selecting and employing new staff– such as job descriptions, pre-employment checks and induction packs
- Practical policies and proceduresfor everything from absence and dress code to equal opportunities and redundancy – forms, letters, checklists and even staff training may be needed alongside these policies
With these documents in place, you can focus on what you do best, safe in the knowledge that you have the right HR framework for success. Whether you need to draft HR documents from scratch or are looking to review and update your HR documents, Heard HR Solutions can help. Talk to us about supporting your business with essential HR documents.