As a close protection company providing private security and intelligence services, King safety and security believe that the right people are our greatest resource. Treating employees favourably, and providing them with opportunities to grow will help achieve a companies vision and hit business goals more quickly. HR policy and ethos plays a crucial role in this process.
What exactly is human resources?
Typically, most people believe HR to be just hiring, firing and the old-school annual pay review, sounds boring right? However more recently HR has been positively reframed and now covers a much wider remit.
Human resources is the umbrella term to describe management and development of employees in an organisation. Ultimately, it’s all about increasing employee performance. Basic functions of HR include:
- Managing payroll
- Employee benefits
- Employee relations
- Training and development
- Safety compliance
- Employment law compliance
- Holiday management
More than this, HR plays a significant role in developing positive business culture and improving employee engagement and productivity. The HR function also takes the lead on employee wellness and personal development.
Why is HR so important?
It can be easy to overlook HR in a SME. Most entrepreneurs’ get their businesses off to a flying start, but grapple with people management as the business starts to flourish.
Managing staff takes time and it requires specific skills. HR is an area of expertise many business owners lack. Regardless of skills, the value of HR in business isn’t always immediately apparent. With just a few employees, business leaders feel like they have their finger on the pulse when it comes to the people they hire and manage.
But as a business grows, leaders often find there just isn’t time to deal with day-to-day people management and recruitment and the focus on people can easily get lost. This is a costly mistake and can affect employee satisfaction, culture and long-term success.
Consider the consequences of poor HR. When employees don’t feel supported, aren’t being given opportunities, work long hours, and so on, their motivation to perform is impacted. Underdeliver on effective HR and you’ll see a knock-on effect on your bottom line. People, culture and business success go hand-in-hand. KSS ensure employee well-being at all times, as our people are our greatest asset.
HR in a pandemic
COVID-19 has forced us to re-evaluate the way we do business. As part of this, the HR function is taking centre stage. What’s more, the impact of ongoing economic uncertainty, remote working and an all-too-real impact on employees’ mental health are forcing businesses across the UK to place human resources at the heart of their operation.
Recruitment and onboarding
Finding the right people to work in your business is crucial to your success. The recruitment process can take months and getting it wrong can be costly. Finding a good fit when it comes to recruiting talent is one of the most important aspects of HR. Hire too many people, too few or recruit an inappropriate candidate and your business will suffer.
King Safety and Security Ltd focuses on the importance of vetting and screening during our recruitment process as we provide security personnel, who typically operate in sensitive environments and privileged positions. We ensure that we recruit the best professionals within the security industry to deliver the highest quality to our clients.
The importance of onboarding is perhaps the most underestimated part of the recruitment process. Not to be confused with orientation, onboarding refers to the whole experience of hiring, welcoming, orienting and engaging a new recruit and helping them adapt to your organisation’s culture.
Good onboarding maximises employee engagement and increases retention. In contrast, poor onboarding can have a hugely negative impact and leave talented new employees disengaged from the word go.
HR policies and procedures
HR policies and procedures help keep employees on the same page and streamline the day-to-day operation of the business. Without these policies, employees might get confused about the business culture and expectations, resulting in a chaotic work environment. Here at KSS we pride ourselves on the ability to deploy staff promptly with agility due to having HR procedures in place which allows a smooth process. HR policies consequently serve as a reference point for all people matters.
HR plays a key role in developing, reinforcing and changing the culture of an organisation. King Safety and Security Ltd don’t see HR as just another function, we see it as an incubator of talent where we find, recruit and develop brilliant security personnel. We are the people behind the scenes of every function, making sure that everyone is doing a job they love and has what they need to do so!