Help for small firms
You've been successful running the business so far, but maybe now you need help hiring and managing people. Or you have already hired your first employees but found it a bumpy experience. You might already have dabbled with HR, or are new to it.
How can we help?
Acas understands that small businesses are short of time. We've organised all our expertise and knowledge into new manageable step-by-step guides, so you can build your know-how on the basics a bit at a time.
Getting to grips with the basics
There are eight step-by-step guides for small businesses on how to hire, manage and get the best from staff.
The guides are practical, concise, easy to understand and designed so they can be picked up and put down as you need them.
You can work through them in sequence, or go straight to the one you need right now.
Eight step-by-step guides
The advice will tell you what you must do to stay on the right side of the law, and how to get the best out of your employees.
- Recruiting an employee.
- Settling in a new employee.
- The new employee's contract.
- Managing a complaint at work.
- Managing staff absence.
- How to get the best out of your staff.
- Handling small-scale redundancies.
- Handling pay and wages.
Acas also has a guide on Managing discipline aimed at small firms.
These guides are free and based on Acas' experience of working with thousands of employers across the country over many years.
More advice on the basics
Sometimes reading a guide isn't enough. If you need help on a specific issue we have a free helpline to answer your specific questions. You can call the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100 (open 8am - 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am - 1pm Saturday).
There is also the option of Acas training, Human resources management for beginners, a special full-day session for those new to HR or employing people.
It is tailored for small firms and covers recruitment, contracts, settling in new staff and managing people and their performance.
Acas also has a full range of other training courses courses on hiring, managing and getting the best from staff.
Acas Productivity tool
Take the Acas self-diagnosis Productivity Tool test to understand your organisation's strengths and weaknesses, and to help you identify simple practical steps you can take to get the best out of your staff. The tool will produce a report with links to relevant Acas guidance and services.