Human Resources (HR) An Introduction

And why it is essential for every business

So, what is HR, and why is it important to your business? This brief overview of Human Resources (HR) explains what it is and why it is important, with links to further content if you want to dig a bit deeper.

HR is about people and not about being “pink and fluffy”

HR is about people. It is an essential part of running any business because you cannot run or build a successful business without good people, and the better your people are, the better your business will be.

HR should be about a practical and effective approach to managing people that supports the organisation and helps the business achieve its objectives. HR is not about being “pink and fluffy”.

Your people are one of your greatest assets. This may sound like a cliché, but it’s true.

Getting HR compliance right

There are regulations, legal requirements and procedures to comply with surrounding every aspect of employment. So, people can also be one of your biggest liabilities – especially if you don’t get HR compliance right. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start and exactly what you need to do. To add to this, employment law is always changing!

Employment law is always changing!

SMEs can often feel overwhelmed, frustrated and out of control when it comes to HR as they generally have limited in-house resources or expertise.  This can mean that they can, unknowingly, fall foul of employment law or regulations.

It’s important for every employer to get good HR in place. It will reduce risk, save time and allow you to get on with other aspects of running the business.

YourHR Guide – HR made easy

But HR also needs to be made easy and this is why we developed as an easy-to-use HR resource for SMEs. It explains HR without legal jargon and will help you navigate through HR and employment law and help you achieve HR compliance. It covers the day-to-day issues that can arise within an SME, from new starters, training, absence, non-performance, wellbeing, termination, and much more.

Next Steps and Further Reading

You can use the links below to to read more about HR.

You can sign up for a FREE account and get (limited) access to guidance and templates and receive email updates about changes in employment law as they happen. Just visit (please note that some content is restricted to Premium members only).

1. How to use

2. What is HR?

3. Top HR Tips

4. Step by Step HR

5. HR Audit

6. Employing your First Person

Templates & Downloads


If you need assistance with any aspects of your HR please contact us on 01702 216573 or [email protected]


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