Many small businesses have an in-house human resources manager that will handle the nuts and bolts of interviewing prospective employees, overseeing payroll, dealing directly with any employee issues and/or questions, and making sure the office keeps rolling along smoothly.
Other companies, however, either outsource such needs or even try and do things if you will on the fly. Without a person on the scene to handle HR needs, things can get dicey at times.
So, which route is best for your small business to take? Should you hire someone full-time in-house to oversee the HR needs of the company or should you outsource such responsibilities?
In many cases, companies sporting 50 or fewer employees will not include a formal HR department. Oftentimes, the responsibilities that typically are directed to the person in charge of human resources will be moved along on to various heads of departments, i.e. finance team gets to handle payroll, department heads would oversee any internal issues related to their employees such as complaints, questions regarding health insurance coverage and the like.
As many companies discover over time, however, shuffling those responsibilities along to different managers can become a problem.
Among the potential problem spots:
In the event your small business is looking to hire someone to head up an HR department, what are the qualifications you should be seeking?
First and foremost, compile a mission statement as it relates to the individual that will oversee your HR department:
The key factor is finding an individual who is comfortable with an entire plate of responsibilities. This is important given that you have doers and followers. If someone is not in tune with overseeing an important department like this, pass on them. You need an individual that is not only well-versed in HR practices from a legal point of view, but is not afraid to hire and fire as needed
Finally, be sure you clearly get the pros and cons of the hiring in-house or going the outsource route.
Your human resources individual or team will be one of the most important facets of your small business.
Make sure you are resourceful in making the right decisions so that your business is the better for it.
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