This course is aimed at managers and owners of SMEs (Small Medium Enterprise) of any size and at any stage of the business lifecycle. It covers the main elements of putting together a people management strategy that will work for and support your business aims and activities.

It looks at the organisational set up of a business and tests its strength, as well as helping you to put in place the new/different arrangements that will be needed as the business develops and grows.

Even if you do not employ people yet, this course can still be a valuable resource. The organisation development module applies to all businesses and the practical people plans will be useful background as you prepare to take on staff. The related Workforce Development Module will give the knowledge to prepare for the longer term.

Practical People Plans looks at how a structured approach to people management supports and enhances opportunity for growth. It is not about day-to-day people management, but the bigger picture of what might work for your business. 

This course covers the strategies you can use to employ, manage and develop the right people for your business – your employees.

This module introduces the key elements of workforce development and its relevance to business growth and change. If you do not employ staff at the moment, but will be doing so in the future, this module is still relevant for you as a planning exercise. You will still need to work out what your jobs are, the capacity you’ll need, as well as the skills, knowledge and experience.

Sick absence management has its own set of rules, some of which are familiar to all of us. However, there are certain requirements and actions that employers need to follow.

Employees need to know how they are to let you, the employer, know that they cannot come to work because of sickness or injury.

As an employer you should keep in touch with a sick employee, to see how they are and when they might be returning to work. Also, if there is anything you can do to help them return.

Employers are required to make changes, whenever possible, to an employee’s working conditions if they become disabled because of their sickness.

In this section we will look at how owners manage day-to-day staffing issues. We will look at what employers are required to do when taking on a new employee and how to interview people to get the right people, and how to manage particular staffing situations.