The What and the Why of the Workplace Assessment

Well, that’s a wrap, January came and went! The first month of the year is often the time when we are in the thick of it with employee performance reviews and evaluating how we are going to meet our goals and where we are going to implement process improvements in the workplace.  The list of priorities for HR professionals is long, we know: managing the talent we have and the pipeline coming in, keeping our eyes and ears to the ground so we can be compliant with all of the laws and mandates and stepping back to look at our policies practices to make sure we aren’t at risk for anything at all, haha is a balancing act!

There’s always a demand to devote our time to take an objective look and really assess how our workplace is running before something breaks down but competing priorities eat up our time. A workforce assessment gives you a comprehensive look at the practices you have in place to see if they are compliant and actually producing the outcomes that we are seeking.

 Everyone knows that going for an annual physical is a best practice for optimal health.  The same concept applies in the workplace.  The three top benefits to a workplace assessment are to:

  • Keep the business compliant
  • Protect your business and your employees
  • Save money

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office issued over 4 million dollars in penalties in 2019 in the areas of non-payment of wages, misclassifications and recordkeeping violations. Assessing how well you are complying with current federal, state, and local laws and regulations can help your business be compliant and avoid costly mishaps. We do this by focusing on each functional area and taking a closer look at I-9’s, employee files, payroll and benefits records and other critical areas of the organization.

It’s not a newsflash that unemployment is at an all-time low and the talent pool is shallow. Analyzing our recruitment and retention practices with an eye to reducing turnover, improving performance and engaging employees has to be a priority if we are going to win the talent war.

Many of us have heard the saying “Inspect what you expect” If you don’t take a look in the rearview mirror and put a plan in place for corrective action, history will repeat itself!  Now is the time to tap the brakes before we step on the gas.

Our objective and comprehensive review of your procedures and practices will help identify compliance and productivity gaps that are limiting your organization’s growth. Though documentation review and one on one interviews with the key stakeholders of your organization we will be able to identify the factors that may be negatively impacting your workplace.

Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Let’s face it…who doesn’t want to be like Albert Einstein?!?