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How to Start the New Year Off Right

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and were able to celebrate with your loved ones. We’re very excited about 2014. As this is Clear HR Consulting’s 10th year in business, we’re working on new ways to add value for you and show our appreciation for your business.

With the festive season now behind us, it’s time to look forward and start the new year off on the right foot from an HR perspective. Here are three recommendations to help you get your business off on the right HR track in 2014.

1. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

  • Conduct a “state of the nation” meeting with your staff to provide a review of 2013, and include successes, challenges, key wins & milestones, etc.
  • Review the overall company strategy, goals and objectives for 2014 with your employees. This will provide focus and help employees understand the big picture they are working towards.
  • Whether or not you do performance reviews with your employees at this time of year, now is a great time to set some individual goals and targets with staff. Let them know what they need to work towards or achieve this year to help realize the overall company objectives.

2. Review Your HR Policies & Procedures

  • The start of the new year is a great time to review and update your HR policies and procedures.
  • It is important to make sure your policies and procedures are compliant with any legislative changes.
  • As well, ensure that they accurately reflect your company practices.

3. Prevent Bullying & Harassment

  • Effective November 1, 2013, all employers in BC are required by law to take steps to prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment.
  • These requirements include:
    • Developing a policy statement on bullying and harassment;Taking steps to prevent bullying and harassment;
    • Developing and implementing procedures for workers to report incidents or complaints;
    • Developing and implementing procedures for dealing with incidents or complaints;
    • Informing workers of the policy statement and steps taken to prevent bullying and harassment;
    • Training supervisors and workers to recognize the potential for bullying and harassment, to respond, and to follow procedures for reporting; and
    • Reviewing annually the policy statement and procedures.
  • WorkSafeBC has published a toolkit to assist with compliance with the requirements.

We’re here to help you start the new year off on the right HR track in 2014. If you have any questions about our recommendations or would like our assistance in implementing them in your business, please contact us.

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