HR Audit

To initially understand what you currently have in place, then to review this against current employment law requirements, identify any risk areas and recommend changes whilst taking into consideration what is right for your business.

Performance Management

Getting the framework right from the start will save a lot of time in the future and one key element when you have employees is ensuring that both parties are aware from the start what is expected of them in their role and in terms of their performance management in a transparent and consistent way.

Acorn HR can support you on setting up and implementing performance management processes which may include Performance Review process,  This includes outlining the key messages when communicating to your employees and/or training the managers to give them the tools to use a process that is both effective and meets the business needs.

Acorn HR will also provide you with any support and advice on handling and resolving all performance related problems which may include, poor conduct, unacceptable behaviour or not meeting the standards expected of them.

Contracts of Employment, Policies, procedures and Employee Handbooks



Design your organizations Employment contracts, policies, procedures and Employee handbooks, we can also review what your organization already has and update if required, taking into account any changes in employment legislation, to support legal compliance..

Restructuring & Redundancy

Acorn HR has extensive experience in this area, which sometimes can be the most time consuming and challenging with such projects, but is essential to support changes to business priorities or objectives.

This could be providing support and advice on any redundancy or restructuring projects, to guide you through what is best practice and your legal obligations.

This may include a redundancy situation, a change in terms and conditions to support a change in the working environment, which will result in consultations, maybe through to dismissal, redeployment or downgrading of roles. This will include providing you with the relevant documentation, templates and support on any criteria you need to meet.

Acorn HR will at all times, guide you through the process including drawing up an action plan to enable you to make specific changes to support the businesses change program.

Absence Management

Sickness absence can not only be a challenging situation to deal with when it arises and time consuming when you have other employees to look after and a business to manage but if not managed effectively can be very costly to any size business.

Acorn HR can provide guidance and advice on all absence issues, whether short or long term absences.  This may be by introducing a new process to support your business in minimizing absence before it arises or dealing with any current absences tha are having a direct impact.

Setting out a consistent and transparent approach on Absence for all employees means that everyone know how it will be dealt with if any occasions of sickness should arises.

Other areas that may be of interest to the business on going could include:

The use of Occupational Health Support

Health & Wellbeing initiatives

Absence management training and advice for line managers

Where relevant Acorn HR is in regular contact with other professionals to support any introduction of services to promote initiatives connect with both managing absences or to promote health & Wellbeing within your Company

Recruitment & Selection

Recruitment can be both time consuming and costly when you are trying to find the right people, with the right skills and attitude to recruit for your business.  Having the right selection process, job briefs and good interviewing skills can go a long way to support an effective recruitment process.

Acorn HR can provide bespoke campaigns to suit both the business and the roles being recruited for.  This may include the use of competency based interview questions or assessment centres and providing support and training to the managers, to give them the skills to remain compliant resulting in an effective recruitment process.

Providing an effective induction process into any size business gives out the right message to your new employee and will make them both welcome and part of the team in a short space of time.  This will usually result in the new starter becoming more effective quicker and employees staying with you for longer.  On the flip side if you get this wrong, your new employee may quickly leave the business and you will not only have the recruitment process to go through again, there will be an impact on your existing employees and an impact on your own time in managing the process again.

Employee Relations
Family Friendly Policies

Employee Relations covers all aspects of the employment relationship which can incorporate any conflicts that arise in the form of a breakdown in communications, discipline or grievance issues, dismissals and any other consultation issues that may arise from the employment relationship.

Acorn HR can provide advice and support with any aspects of a breakdown in Employee relations as this can seem like a daunting task whilst still complying with Employment Legislation.  Acorn HR will work with you to provide practical advice and explain the legal position, to work towards a resolution of any disputes or conflicts.


Generally speaking, when your people have a good work-life balance, they'll perform better.  In addition to creating a good working environment, employers also have to fulfill responsibilities around maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave alongside flexible working requests.

The options are endless and there are an awful lot of technicalities to wade through,  Acorn HR deal with these issues on a daily basis so can help you get to grips with legislation and advise you on the best options for your staff an your business.

Sorting out all your documentation, write your policy strategy and even put together your communications, to make sure you are compliant with current legislation and regulations and keep your people informed.

Acorn HR will undertake any ad-hoc administration work, including drafting of letters, documents, contract of employment offer letters and will also assist in interviewing on your behalf and carry out pre-employment checks on potential candidates, through to completion of starter packs and inductions if required.

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