It’s the season of scary movies, costume parties and pumpkin carving. Whether you’re into the holiday or not (we are! Except for scary movies, perhaps!), there’s little you can do to escape it at this time of year. However, in the world of business; ghosts, ghouls and goblins aren’t the only things that can cause a horror show. Whilst Halloween comes only once a year, good people practices should be reviewed all year round. With this in mind, now is a good time to share our thoughts on some of the most important issues to consider this month to avoid an HR nightmare.

Don’t be afraid, be prepared.

If you’ve read our past blogs, you know about our approach to performance reviews. Rather than happening once a year (like Halloween), we believe in doing them regularly throughout. This approach helps to avoid any ‘trick or treat’ surprises when you come to sit down with your team member to review their performance. Managing a person’s performance should be less like a horror movie and more of a documentary of how they continue to perform.

Performance management tips to avoid an HR nightmare:

  • Ensure managers, team leaders and staff fully understand the performance management approach in your organisation and train and coach them to use it effectively.
  • Keep reviews fair and consistent – communication and transparency are key.
  • Set SMART goals and keep a record to have a ‘map’ of where you want to get to.
  • Reflect on what has worked well; not so well and what areas can be improved upon with further developmental support where necessary,
  • Use HR software such as Breathe HR to save stress, time and paperwork. This enables both the manager and employee to engage fully in the process.

During the last quarter of the year, some businesses are planning for 2022. Despite the uncertainties of the last 18 months, the recent end of the furlough scheme has seen employers bringing their teams back to work, with an increase in hybrid working. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure that your approach to ways of working suits the needs and expectations of both new and existing staff. Whether you’re looking to employ a whole new team or just one person: take close look at your recruitment process, what you have to offer, how you onboard a new employee and more importantly retain them in your business.

Read more about inductions and onboarding during the pandemic in our recent blog here.

Look after your people.

Along with Halloween fun, October has been a very busy month. In the UK it’s Black History Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the 10th October was Mental Health Awareness Day. Internationally, October is ADHD Awareness Month. While these all should obviously be supported year-round, awareness days and months give you the opportunity to bring attention to issues that may be overlooked in everyday work life. Here are just some of the things you can do…

  • Get involved in fundraising for charities and causes.
  • Offer support and safe spaces to employees who need it.
  • Provide education and the chance to speak about important matters.
  • Review and adjust business policies and morals, including diversity and inclusion initiatives.

333 Can Help:

Here at Triple Three Solutions, we’ll help you to avoid an HR nightmare at any time of the year. If you’d like to learn more about any of the topics covered in this blog, or for any other HR Support, please get in touch. You can call 0333 050 3330, use our contact page, or email