Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) typically have limited resources and may not have a dedicated human resources (HR) department.  
However, they still need to have an HR framework in place to effectively manage their employees and comply with legal requirements. But where to start?  
The 7 key elements of an HR framework for SMEs include: 
A clear and up-to-date employee handbook that outlines policies and procedures, including those related to discrimination, harassment, and workplace safety. 
A process for recruiting, hiring, and onboarding employees, including background checks and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. 
A system for managing employee performance, including setting goals and providing regular feedback. 
A system for handling employee complaints and grievances, as well as a process for dealing with disciplinary issues. 
Compliance with all relevant employment laws, including those related to minimum wage, overtime, and benefits. 
A process for managing and tracking employee time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and other types of leave. 
A process for managing employee separations, including resignations, terminations, redundancies and retirements. 
It's important to note that the specific elements of an HR framework will vary depending on organisational size and sector, as well as the laws and regulations of the places it operates in.  
It will come as no surprise that at the heart of all 7 elements is communication - good, clear, simple and transparent communication with employees. Good HR Advisors will work to proactively coach, train and encourage positive communciation throughout the workplace.  
Humber HR People support the directors and managers of SMEs throughout the region to put in place a clear framework for the employee-employer relationship and communicate it effectively. A clear framework allows everyone to get on with the job in hand - and focus on achieving organisational objectives.  
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"Clarity enables focus". Thomas Leonard  

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