The business needs to have a planned response and controls in place to reduce risks and potential impacts and manage in these somewhat unknown circumstances – such is the role of management and the associated legal and moral responsibilities.
There is lots of new things and challenges coming at every business in terms of effective HR and people in business. However, the top HR challenge for the year ahead will be wages, and transparency of staff entitlements.
This past week I presented to a group of clients and colleagues an interactive session on workforce planning as part of Workforce Twenty20 – a series of small business training that will be delivered over the next 12 months. One of the first few matters of concern to small business owners and managers is what is it exactly and why invest the time in workforce planning. What are the benefits? What is the actual business case?
As a business owner, have you ever felt like you were drowning in HR issues? Does it feel like a mind field of procedures, practices and obligations and much more? Small business forms the heart of the economy in Australia and many small businesses start with an inspiration to provide a service. As time progresses however, business owners become overloaded with many aspects of the business including Business Management, Marketing, Operations and HR.
With Woolworths facing a $300 million employee class action that alleges its underpayment scandal is far worse than first estimates, this morning we have another possible contender for wage theft.