Support staff to keep staff

A strong Hr department can save a company thousands if they are able to support all sides of a business and are crucial in the changes all businesses face in these challenging times. If staff are treated fairly and consistently, they are less likely to leave. This is a hidden service in all companies and is often seen as an easy target for reduced investment.

Why the contribution is important

It is expensive to continually have to recruit and train new staff. A poor employer cannot hold onto good staff and have a high turnover of poor staff. Also as the largest and a high profile employer, the councils treatment of staff can set the standard for other employers. This encourages good quality people to seek employment in the region, bringing economic and social benefits to the Borders. Businesses may locate here to tap into the benefits of having quality employees on its doorstep. To enable this a Hr team must be invested in, to support the business and enable change in the workforce without causing a breakdown in the relationship between employer and employee. They can also save money by helping when things go wrong, hopefully saving the council money on legal costs and loss of reputation.

by Borderer on November 12, 2015 at 07:51PM

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  • Posted by Bramble December 05, 2015 at 17:31

    Staff retention is rarely down to whether or not an organisation has an HR department. It is generally around the working environment, staff policies and their package. I presume SBC has an HR department or how would it process incoming and outgoing staff and staffing policies?
  • Posted by Borderer December 07, 2015 at 18:26

    What is proposed is that it is often these support services that are cut in an attempt o reduce corporate costs. This leaves a weakened dept which cannot fully support the company in full, leaving it unable to facilitate organisational development which causes frustration along with staff feeling unsupported leading to a lack of motivation.
  • Posted by Loggie December 17, 2015 at 20:29

    It would be short sighted of the council, which is probably the largest employer in the Borders to contemplate cutting the budget for HR. It will be that department who implement and manage policy for staff and prevent managers from breaking employment law, the result of which can be costly in terms of litigation, settlements, loss of reputation, etc.
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