India's 1st Strategic Strengths Coach, Corporate
Sr. Executive Hr
Well the situation is exactly in your favor right now. It's the time when you should kick your HR carrier and take initiative. As you mentioned that there is no one in whole HR and you are the one who have knowledge and appointed as an HR person in company. So with your interest you should do basic things. Obviously it can't not be possible that a company can run with out HR dept. soon or later they need someone who can look after the responsibilities.
so my suggestion is to you that get knowledge of HR terms from here, you'll get complete guide line, also you can sharp your skills with your friends who are working in HR profile. but don't let it go. Advantage is that Your Sr. people are happy with your work. so start leaning basic things about recruitment, HR policies, employee relation, salary structures, compensation and benefits, PA, you can start from anywhere. It's only you now whenever get time try to involve yourself in HR terms.
I am telling you to continue this because here you have time to perform, you have time to redesign, you have time to learn, only thing which you are not getting is guideline, so you can learn it with practice. people get hired in new organizations and learn things and set the whole system. its your time to perform. needful help you'll get from here time to time or you can come in touch with Sr. people of this forum directly through emails.
lets see what others will suggest in this.
23rd May 2014 From India, Gurgaon
Your profile makes no mention of your basic or any other qualifications.
Atul has given you great advice which you will find easier to follow if you have an HR qualification. Make no mistake, this is a great opportunity for which you will have to slog your heart out.
There are many sites available with useful information - the trick is to translate the information into action. Not so difficult, but not so easy.
All the best.
24th May 2014 From India, Mumbai
Thank you very much for the encouragement and the advice.
After readings your replies and thinking over on my situation i have decided that before i quit i should at-least give it a try once.
It may happen that i will fail because learning to do is very easy from informative cites like this forum, books etc.
but the biggest challenge for me is to IMPLEMENT whatever i have learned which is not that straight.
But i will surely try my level best.
9th June 2014 From India, Pune
If you have a supporting qualification background & knowledge (even if only Theoretical) current situation might turn out to be a "A blessing in disguise" for you
As you mentioned your MD appreciates your creative tasks it means management's trust & support would be there if you take some meaningful HR initiatives aligned with company's business strategy
10th June 2014 From India, Mumbai
Don't loose your self confidence and take it in positive way. Very few people are there who get opportunity like u and more over you have directly support from your MD so start work and wherever you need support from MD, directly talk with him.
You can start work by implement what ever need in plant by hr side. You can definitely get all material related to HR in this site or U can mail me for any material related to HR on below ID. All the best
10th June 2014 From India, Mumbai
Its a god sent opportunity, grab it with both hands and you will go a long way in your career.
I am not sure whether you are from HR background (Academically) or not, but that hardly matters, what matters is your smartness & agility in learning.
You first need to understand that Human Resources basically deals with human motivations of your employees. Your first task is to try to understand the motivations of your employee by interacting with them. For as long as you do not have your policies in place , treat an issue with layman's logic i.e. do what a rational guy will do in given circumstances. Be friendly but firm with your employees and if you are confused about something, tell the person that you will first think and then decide on that. Never let your colleagues know that you are sort of confidence because you don't know about that, let them just realize that you think through before taking any decision. Use this time to reach to forums like citehr to clear your doubts.
Now when you are comfortable in handling day to day affairs with laymen's logic, start making policies. Start with small , such as attendance policy. There are many templates available in citehr , go through these templates, decide what is best for your organisation , tweak templates accordingly , and take an approval from top management to implement that. You should be having few policies ready in a fortnight, which should act as your guiding light in deciding on an issue. Some necessary policies are
1. Attendance policy ( you may as well include policy on late coming)
2. Leave Policy ( Look into the shop and establishment act of your state to get minimum number of days of leave)
3. Code of conduct
4. Policy on salary issues ( If you don't know that much about compensation, you may keep it limited to Salary disbursement date, Loss of salary cases, overtime cases and rate)
5. Policy on travel for company purposes
6. Policy on office asset management
7. Policy on employee engagement
Once you are through with drafting one policy, start implementing. Send a soft copy of policy to each employee's mail id and tell them that they must adhere to policy. Listen to your employees, if they have any doubts and also listen to your management and make relevant changes. Keep learning in between.
As you gain experience, you should be able to draft more complex policies such as policy on performance assessment and appraisal.
Best of Luck!!!
10th June 2014 From India, Delhi