By Joyce Rosenberg
As business is slower at many companies during the summer with customers and employees on vacation, as a business owner, you might want to tackle that list of tasks you keep putting off. Hereâ€™s a look at some top items for many to-do lists:
- Financial check-up. Schedule meetings with accountants to assess the companyâ€™s fiscal health and plan for the rest of the year. Discuss the companyâ€™s revenue outlook, plans for such big purchases as equipment or property, whether itâ€™s in a position to hire and what its tax bill is going to look like.
- Employee handbook. Human resources consultants and labour law attorneys recommend businesses create or update handbooks with detailed information and policies so staffers will understand whatâ€™s expected of them in their work, and what benefits and resources are available to them. Handbooks can be comprehensive and probably arenâ€™t something that should be dashed off in a few weeks. But at the least, formulate written policies on vacation, sick leave, substance use, attendance, disciplinary procedures, conflicts of interest, harassment and discrimination. Find templates online. Ask a lawyer or HR professional to review the handbook.
- Website makeover. Be sure your website shows up prominently in internet searches, and refresh the text or pictures. The sites should also display well on mobile devices â€” if your business doesnâ€™t have a mobile site, itâ€™s time to create one.
First published at http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-business-digest/get-started-summers-a-good-time-for-a-companys-to-do-list