It’s hard to believe that we are now into the New Year already. I hope all the plans you put into place either at the end of 2017, and start of 2018 are on target, unlike a new year’s resolution which only lasts a few weeks.
As a business owner, you’ll probably have a business plan – what your sales targets are for the year, profit, products, marketing strategies and services you want to offer. You’ll probably also have a marketing plan which will support your business goals for the year.
What is an HR/People plan?
This is simply your plan for the year that involves your people. This will include your recruitment and resourcing plans, training and development activity, performance reviews, succession plans, health and safety, your company events, reward and recognition. You should have each area highlighted on your plan, looking at all the months of the year and plot what activity happens when.
You can also use your HR plan to schedule your management meetings and team meetings. You can plan this for the year, sharing this information with your teams. This sends a message out that communication is important, and you are then held accountable to ensure these dates are met. When I’m working onsite with clients who have a marketing plan, I will review this and discuss with the senior management team to ensure we are on track or if we need to make updates. As you will do with your business and marketing plans, things change and you have to react – your HR plan is the same.