Author: Lehanne Bleumink, Gold Seal HR Services Manager.

With holiday festivities drawing to an end and most of us returning to work after a much-needed break, it’s time to start 2019 with renewed vigour -whether that’s making sure your business plan is on track, undertaking some further study, managing work/life balance more effectively to spend some quality time with family, or doing something you love, it’s important to have clear goals about what you want to achieve.

No doubt many of you made New Year resolutions about things such as eating a healthier diet, exercising more, travelling overseas or finishing academic studies. In order to make those resolutions or dreams or goals a reality, you need to have a clear idea about:

  • what you want to achieve;
  • how you are going to achieve it;
  • when you are going to achieve it; and
  • what you need to help you get there.

Everything of importance that we undertake in life needs direction. Sometimes we can get caught up in doing day-to-day things without keeping an eye on the big picture. To keep focused, write your plan down. The important thing is to record your goals and regularly refer to them.

So what does this have to do with HR Planning? Everything!

HR practices in many businesses can be the “stuff” we don’t do because we are caught up in the day-to-day operations of the business. On the other hand, HR “stuff” can also take you away from working on your business if you don’t have a well-structured system in place. Having goals around your HR operations each year is important.

Deciding what goals you wish to achieve will depend on your level of knowledge, experience and how well developed your HR systems are. HR goals worth considering are:

GOAL: keep up to date with HR matters

GOAL: Implement or maintain HR systems

  • Ensure there is a person responsible for HR and that they have the required knowledge
  • Conduct an HR Audit of your systems and documentation to determine areas for improvement
  • Visit the Gold Seal website and review the Gold Seal’s HR Resources available which can help address any deficiencies
  • Contact Gold Seal’s HR Helpline on 03 9510 5100 or email to obtain advice and support on HR policies, procedures, documentation etc
  • Set goals for key HR activities such as:
  1. Workforce planning including recruitment, restructures, redundancy
  2. Succession planning
  3. Performance reviews (including setting KPIs)
  4. Salary reviews
  5. Leave planning (annual, parental, long service)
  6. Review of position descriptions
  7. Employment agreement reviews
  8. Workplace health & safety reviews

Why is HR planning so important?

Just like any other component of your business, planning your HR activities and resources for the year ahead is crucial for overall business success; not to mention a requirement of ASIC and to ensure your business is compliant with legislation.

Planning your HR activities will provide benefits such as:

  • Tasks and resources are allocated for best utilisation – e.g. performance reviews are scheduled during quieter periods.
  • Management and employees have a clear understanding of what to expect throughout the year and are goal oriented – e.g. to complete their study by mid-year.
  • HR practices are undertaken with a degree of expertise, mitigating the risk of breaching regulatory requirements – e.g. performance reviews are undertaken, feedback provided, opportunity for improvement afforded, before any dismissal action is taken.

If you need assistance with setting down your goals or planning your HR activities for 2019, don’t hesitate to contact Gold Seal’s HR Helpline on 03 9510 5100 or email for advice.

For assistance on any of your HR/IR requirements – call Gold Seal on 03 9510 5100 or email