HR can be a huge challenge for small businesses. It can be difficult to understand the deadlines for certain actions that need to be taken in an organisation that runs on so few people, so we’ve compiled the 5 most common challenges that small businesses face; and how to overcome them. 
Personal Development Management 
 
Even for larger businesses, knowing when and how often to measure the performance of employees is difficult. The best way around this is to create a plan for each employee based on their current skills, knowledge, and training, and stick to that plan. Check progress every few months and set deadlines for learning and development. Each employee should have milestones to reach, no matter what section of your business they’re working in. 
 
Job Doubling 
 
In smaller businesses, it is not uncommon for line managers to assume other roles. Employers will “double-up” roles to save staffing costs where they can. Typically, you’ll find managers taking the place of HR employees, even without the training. But as a business, you should try to take into account your own growth and the future of your organisation. Eventually, you won’t be able to cover roles like this, so it’s best to find a suitable person early on, who will be able to stay in the role for a long time and be a reliable member of your team. 
 
Lack Of Resources 
 
When you don’t have the resources to deal with issues or update your policies, you can leave yourself in a bit of trouble. When you find yourself without the time or manpower to complete tasks, your business can suffer. Delegate tasks to others and keep of record of everything you’re doing and need to do to stay on top of things. 
 
Training And Recruitment 
 
Recruitment is a difficult procedure, but even more so for smaller businesses. It can be taxing to figure out who you can trust with your business, without hiring someone who would expect a paygrade that you just can’t provide. On top of that, you’ll also need to train your new recruits to enable them to fully understand your business and their role. Ideally, the person reviewing the applications should either be a qualified recruiter or the owner of the business. You should also endeavour to provide a member of staff who has been with the business a long time to train new employees. 
 
Dealing With Staff Illnesses 
 
A small business relies on all of its staff members. When a staff member is sick, it can cause a number of issues and make the organisation short staffed for the day. This then creates a backlog of work that will need to be completed when the staff member returns to work. The best solution here is to have more than one person filling crucial roles, and even look into hiring an experienced temporary worker for long-term illnesses or injuries that may occur. This will correct the delay in effectiveness that your business would otherwise experience. 
 
Of course, it can be difficult to do all of this alone when you’re a small business owner. At AJ HR Solutions, we are experienced in handling all of these issues and many more besides. We work with you as an outsourced HR department, offering support and advice when you need it, and for a fraction of the cost of hiring an internal HR department. To find out more, just get in touch with us today. 
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