Everything an SME Needs to Know about HR

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Everything an SME Needs to Know about HR

29 Jan 2025 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A comprehensive course on HR fundamentals, covering key concepts and best practices to enhance workplace environment and team performance.

This course is tailored for SME business owners and entrepreneurs, offering a thorough introduction to Human Resources (HR) fundamentals. It equips participants with essential knowledge and skills to adeptly manage HR-related challenges in the workplace. Attendees will develop a practical understanding of key HR concepts, policies, and best practices, empowering them to cultivate a positive work environment, boost team performance, and address potential HR issues effectively.

Who Should Attend:

Business owners and entrepreneurs in the West Midlands.

Topics covered:

Introduction to HR Management:

  • Overview of how effective people management contributes to organisational success, whilst keeping you legally compliant, becoming an ‘Employer of Choice’.

Ethical Considerations:

  • Understanding the ethos of being objective, consistent, fair, equitable and reasonable.
  • Equality – The 9 protected characteristics.
  • Exploring risk and costs – mitigating tribunal claims.
  • What exactly are Tribunal Chairs looking for?

Legal Compliance – Getting ahead of the game:

  • Basic foundations – what type of worker do you need?
  • What does your reward package look like – know your affordability envelope.
  • Know your contract.
  • Firm foundations of management to safeguard the business.

Recruitment and Selection:

  • Best practice recruitment
  • Effective interviewing techniques.
  • Strategies for successful candidate selection.

Employee Onboarding and Development:

  • Onboarding best practices for new hires.
  • Managing probation effectively.
  • Performance management and feedback strategies.

Managing Employee Relations:

  • Building positive workplace relationships.
  • Conflict resolution and mediation overview.
  • Addressing employee grievances and concerns.
  • Managing Disciplinary Issues.
  • Mastering sickness – both short and long term.
  • What to do if it all goes wrong.

Tips to become an ‘Employer of Choice’:

  • Strategies for creating an inclusive work environment.
  • Recognising the importance of employee well-being.
  • Leveraging HR Technology and Tools for efficient management.

Why you should attend

  • Gain Essential HR Knowledge: Equip yourself with the fundamental HR knowledge necessary to manage your team effectively and ensure legal compliance.
  • Improve Recruitment and Retention: Learn strategies to attract top talent and retain your best employees, reducing turnover and fostering a productive work environment.
  • Enhance Employee Performance: Discover performance management techniques that can help you maximize your team’s potential and achieve business goals.
  • Ensure Compliance: Understand the critical legal requirements for SMEs, helping you avoid costly legal issues and ensure your business operates within the law.
  • Build a Positive Workplace Culture: Learn how to create an engaging and positive work environment that boosts employee satisfaction and productivity.
  • Utilise and Understand the Benefits of HR Technology: Explore tools and technologies that can streamline HR processes and make your operations more efficient.
  • Prepare for Growth: Develop an HR strategy that supports your business’s current needs and future expansion plans.

We’re excited to have you join us. Please register by clicking the link to reserve your spot at this event.

This event is FREE to attend. It is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and hosted by Business Growth West Midlands


29 Jan 2025
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


West Midlands Combined Authority