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HR Tips for Employers: Making the Most of the Summer Months

As summer rolls in, it’s an excellent time for employers to focus on a few key HR activities. The relative calm of this season, with many employees taking vacations, offers an opportunity to catch up on essential tasks that often get overlooked during busier times. Here are some HR tips to help you optimize your summer:


 1. Salary Benchmarking

Summer is a great time to review and update your salary structures. Benchmarking salaries against industry standards ensures your compensation packages remain competitive, helping to attract and retain top talent. Consider factors such as:

  • Current market rates for similar roles.

  • Geographical differences in pay.

  • Company performance and budget.        


 2. Personnel File Audits

Conducting a thorough audit of your personnel files can help ensure compliance with legal requirements and company policies. This process involves:

  • Verifying that all employee records are complete and up-to-date.

  • Ensuring that sensitive information is securely stored.

  • Removing outdated or irrelevant documents.

  • Do an I-9 audit.  This is a good time to make sure all the forms are on file, complete, and those that can be removed and destroyed are.


 3. Reviewing and Updating Policies

Policies and procedures need regular review to remain relevant and efficient. Use the summer to:

  • Update employee handbooks with any new regulations or company changes. For example, we have a new pregnant workers fairness act that just passed this month.

  • Review and revise policies on remote work, leave, and workplace safety. Don’t forget to research state law for those remote workers in other states.

  • Communicate any changes clearly to all employees.


 4. Training and Development

Summer can be a less hectic time to focus on employee development. Consider offering:

  • Professional development courses or workshops.

  • Leadership training for emerging leaders.

  • Team-building activities to strengthen collaboration.

  • Annual anti-harassment training or HIPAA training.


 5. Planning for the Year-End

It’s never too early to start planning for year-end activities. Take this time to:

  • Set goals for the remainder of the year.

  • Plan for performance reviews and end-of-year evaluations.

  • Prepare for any upcoming recruitment drives.


 6. Enhancing Employee Well-being

Summer is also an excellent time to focus on employee well-being. Promote a healthy work-life balance by:

  • Encouraging employees to use their vacation time.

  • Organizing wellness programs and activities.

  • Offering flexible work arrangements where possible, such as flexing time early in the week for early Friday closure.


 7. Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Revisiting your diversity and inclusion strategies during the summer can set a positive tone for the rest of the year. Focus on:

  • Assessing the current state of diversity within your organization.

  • Implementing new initiatives to promote inclusivity.

  • Training staff on unconscious bias and cultural competency.



Taking advantage of the quieter summer months to focus on these HR activities can greatly benefit your organization. Not only does it help in maintaining compliance and enhancing employee satisfaction, but it also sets the stage for a productive and successful remainder of the year.


Need help with projects? OmniaHR is your resource.  Call us today and see how we may be able to assist on your summer projects.

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