We all know that managing a small business is a time consuming role. Generally, the staff is small and your to-do list can seem endless. This is why it’s frustrating to spend time on activities that don’t directly increase revenue– human resources being one of them. With limited staffing and budgets, it can be difficult to assign the burden of dealing with HR solutions to an existing staff member, and hiring a full time HR professional is likely completely out of the question.
Without a proper HR structure, the company and the employees may be at risk. HR is much more than hiring and paying staff. By defining policies, ensuring compliance, and monitoring performance, your company can be confident that the proper standards are delivered and the legalities are covered. This is where On-Demand HR can provide vital HR solutions for small businesses.
ASSESS YOUR COMPANY
- How large is your company? A small business’s sweet spot for outsourcing HR is between 15-80 people, while much larger companies with over 300 people may benefit more by employing an in house team. Companies with fewer than 10 employees can also benefit from the flexibility to choose HR solutions only as they need them, which may be way less than businesses with more employees.
- What are you total HR cost estimates? Try to calculate how much you would plan to spend throughout the year on HR solutions alone, including new hires that may be in the company’s forecast. This must account for all staff time associated with providing these processes and any follow-ups or revisions. It’s likely that it would be less costly–with the added benefit of decreased risk–to outsource a portion or all of these tasks.
USE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
All small businesses will vary in which HR solutions they need, depending on their size and existing talent. Maybe your business has staff that handles the day-to-day HR operations and only needs a complementing service for legal documents and updating policies. Or, maybe the policies and procedures are well in place, but proper recruitment or training is the goal. Whatever the demand, either minimal or comprehensive, small businesses can utilize whichever HR solutions they need and have them specifically catered to their company. By being able to choose which services your company needs or to augment existing processes, you can save time and money while delivering a consistent process for all employees.
Each human resource task takes time away from other staff or managerial roles. This can add up exponentially and may make you consider the use of a pricey, full time HR position. But what if your needs are sporadic and there’s not a consistent demand for HR solutions? This is where On-Demand HR can cut spending for many small businesses. By specifically selecting HR solutions, you can customize not only the services provided but also the amount that you’re spending on them. This way, you’re also aware of your upfront costs rather than being left wondering whether that new, full-time hire is worth the big bucks.
Remember, small businesses usually require the effort of the whole staff to push for profits and grow the business. Vital hours taken away from this can cost the company big time, not only in direct expenses but also in lost leads, decreased sales or missed opportunities. Assess your company to determine which On-Demand HR solutions are right for you.
Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.