The Book

HR for SMEs

As the name suggests, HR for SMEs has been written specifically for SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises). It takes a no-nonsense and commercial approach to HR, using the analogy of football to explain some of the key areas where HR can add value to an organisation.

But what has HR got to do with Football you may ask? Well, just the simple analogy of asking why you need a referee in a game of football can help explain why it is important for SMEs to manage any conduct issues with their employees. If the referee did not blow the whistle when there was a foul, then very soon it would be a foul game and more like a game of rugby!  But, before you can have a referee you need to be clear about the rules and communicate them. It would not be fair for the referee to award a free kick, penalty or send someone off the pitch if the players were not not aware that they were breaking a rule! The same applies in business.

Paula Fisher said "I wanted to write a book that made the basics of HR easy to understand and provide some practical ideas to help SMEs put some of these in place. Very often SMEs feel very vulnerable when it comes to HR, as there are legal requirements and potential liability if they get it wrong. However, getting a good HR foundation in place can really help protect the business as well as give it more flexibility - and improve productivity!

I also wanted to write a book that took away some of the mystery and jargon around HR. Unfortunately HR has developed a poor reputation and can be seen as a necessary evil, a hindrance and not a help. However, good HR will support the business and can help the business owner achieve their commercial objectives."

HR for SMEs - A Practice Guide' is a must-read for small to medium sized business owners, employers and entrepreneurs who have either avoided or been flummoxed by the very idea of HR.

"HR for SMEs is the must have book for all small business owners. It's an easy to read guide that brings years of experience to decoding the mysteries of HR in a way that anyone can understand. If you are serious about running a business, then this should be the first book to appear on your business bookshelf" - Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive, Essex Chamber of Commerce.

"This book makes HR understandable and easy to follow. It's straight talking and debunks HR and all the jargon. It shows how HR can add value to any small business. A must read if you employ staff".  Ray Moore, Managing Coach, Fluid Business Coaching.

‘HR for SMEs - a practical guide' by Paula Fisher (RRP £9.99 paperback, RRP £4.99 ebook) is available to buy from