Nathanael Peacock
Technology Journalist

Nathanael Peacock is a tech, digital and entertainment writer

Nathanael Peacock
Technology Journalist

Nathanael Peacock is a tech, digital and entertainment writer

HR can be one of the most complicated areas for small business including strict regulations and legal obligations. But tech is helping simplify the process.

There are plenty of things in business that are complicated: Budgets, clients, customers, websites, bottom lines, top lines, front of house, back of house, along with the day-to-day challenges and issues that inevitably arise.

That’s why HR is so important: Correct human resourcing allows you to focus on your work, empowering people to take on responsibilities on your behalf, making decisions that push the business further. 

Workers using connected tablet

The HR that you need

At its core, HR is about minimising risk for you and for your business. From making sure your employees are well trained and efficient to helping you limit liability when it comes to letting difficult staff go.

And in order to effectively run a business, it’s important that you have the right processes, documents and compliance in place to avoid workplace fines or expensive employee claims. This ranges from checklists and policies, to safety guidelines and contracts.

Traditionally an HR manager or department has filled this function, but it’s not always financially viable to have one – particularly in small teams.

The silver lining

The last few years have seen cloud services climb out of the woodwork; in the public sphere it began with cloud storage and backups, and has moved to cloud computing and cloud security. 

But many cloud functions go beyond the role of IT and into business efficiencies. Investment into the cloud can help streamline processes through cloud project management software, or be used to remove error-prone paper-based processes.

Making HR simple

When it comes to HR, cloud-based services can provide access to HR experts online for tough questions, as well as templates and employee management processes that take the guesswork out of managing staff and getting new employees on board.

Workforce Guardian is a cloud-based service that acts like a HR advisor within your network. It manages your employee files and gives you access to contracts and training that are compliant with Australian employment law.

Products like Workforce Guardian fill much the same need as an employee database, as it can be used to track and manage important information such as classifications and training. You can then use the system to work out when your employees need an OH&S refresher course, or to reapply for their RSA. These important documents are stored in the cloud, helping to provide more security and off-site backups in the event of issues.

Human Resourcing can help define the way that your business moves into the future. Do it well and you move forward confidently. Ignore it and you could face significant problems down the road.

There are always experts who will help you get it right, and the rise of programs that can fill a similar role could change how businesses operate in the future. But one thing is certain: When it comes to HR, it’s important you’re covered and compliant.

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