As you are new to this company, you have to observe things first. Take note of every activity, suspicious things, hard working staffs, list of staff's spending extra time in office, branch activities, etc., Try to build a good rapport with the branch office guys to get background data. You may need to do all these activities for 1st 3 months.
Then plan for personnel meet with employees and listen to their concerns. Listen to everyone, from housekeeping / office boy to management level. Don't present / push your opinions or ideas immediately. It may or may not suits the new company.
You will get clear action plan on how and where to start with, by collecting the above data.
12th May 2016 From India, Chennai
As a HR, First you should focus on needs of employees. Please take advice from Most senior person who had been serving since long time. He / she will definitely guide you the present situation and procedure & reaction of Management and Employees. You should write down the area points of "scope of improvement" . Then those points you should discuss with your director. You can arrange job oriented trainings to employees ,ultimately productivity of company will increase. You can Introduce Canteen, Gym or Mini Library to raise the employees Morale. Of course it is depending upon budget of company. Then you can Implement Biometric System for Time (Attendance Management) for better authentication which can be linked with Payroll system. You can arrange cultural events like Dusshera. Office Picnic etc. Be Patient.Relax.
12th May 2016 From India, Mumbai
If your Branch office don't have electronic attendance system than its not feasible to crosscheck the same. Make sure you mail to boss & copy the concern persons of Branch office stating that, as you are getting Attendance in excel sheet & there is no other way to check the authenticity of that hence you are considering their sent attendance as Final, also suggest the management in the same mail to install Bio metric attendance system to avoid any future discrepancy. Talk to your boss regarding the Appraisal & its adverse effect in the organization for those employees who are not getting their Appraisal. Being an HR person you should inform all key points to your boss, its not backbiting you are doing your job. Try to setup an Account department which will help to further streamline the process.
13th May 2016 From India, Delhi
HR's job is to capture undercurrents of the organization & keep in front of the Management. Your boss/Leader is right in his own perspective.
Regarding backbiting, It is actually HR's job to keep company & its human assets safe from any untoward situation or malicious people. So don't consider it as backbiting, But it is actually your job. It is same case with Police, criminal's don't like law & order. HR's are policemen of the company.
Regarding attendance cross check, ask the concern to get it signed from the Office Head (PAN India office) & then send it to you. This is how, there will be a level of vigilance.
Further, you can have ERP system to personally monitor it. All the best !
13th May 2016 From India, Pune
16th May 2016 From India, Mohali