Does the human resources department of your business consist of one person who also is in charge of other important facets of the organization, such as payroll processing and accounting?
If this hits home for you, think about what happens if your do-everything HR person leaves the job. You suddenly find yourself in need of solutions to handle your HR needs and quick. How you proceed can be a make-or-break decision for you and your organization.
You could choose to parcel out those HR functions to another person who likely already wears several other hats within your business and add more to his or her already full plate. That may be a short-term fix but could end up causing more trouble than it is worth in the long run.
Hiring a replacement makes sense if you can find and train the right HR person in short order. That in and of itself may prove difficult amid all of the hiring challenges employers have faced over the past year.
An optimist will be confident in the ability to overcome those challenges and find someone who will expertly handle HR and various other functions of your day-to-day operations. But you may take a more pessimistic view to prepare yourself for a worst-case scenario of that person ending up not being a good fit or leaving your company for another job opportunity.
Then, you are right back where you started.
Businesses’ HR needs are complex
The field of human resources has become increasingly complex and so are the HR needs of your company. In a broad sense, HR is an important component in how an organization’s culture is developed, reinforced and in some cases changed if necessary. Then, there are the responsibilities of attracting and retaining top talent.
Additionally, HR professionals are involved with pay, employee performance management, and understanding and correctly applying a myriad of employment law regulations. The latter has taken on an even greater significance during the COVID-19 pandemic, with frequently changing guidance on how or whether new laws will be applied — correctly to ensure compliance — in the workplace.
Is your business equipped to handle sexual harassment and employment discrimination claims? How about wrongful termination or unemployment claims? These are among the various reasons why a dedicated HR professional should be considered essential and not a luxury for small and medium-sized businesses.
Too much is at stake for your organization to not take HR seriously.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommends employers take on a dedicated HR professional once the business reaches 15 employees. Perhaps you appoint a person or group of people in to handle HR needs in house. Maybe it’s a third party handling HR on behalf of your organization. In some cases, a mix of the two may make sense for your business.
HR outsourcing is becoming an attractive alternative for Kansas businesses. It takes many of your company’s time-consuming administrative tasks off your hands, which allows you to focus on growing the organization and serving the needs of your customers and clients.
An outsourced HR provider also can handle payroll processing, employee benefits administration and assist with your staffing needs. HR outsourcing also gives you a team of easily accessible and highly trained professionals who are always looking out for your business.
Business leaders who outsource their organization’s HR say they appreciate that the relationship is treated like a partnership, giving them added peace of mind yet doesn’t dictate how to run the organization.
Ultimately, you have to decide the HR structure that best fits the needs of your business. But don’t leave one of the most important operational aspects of your organization to chance.
Want to learn more about whether HR outsourcing is right for you and your business? Contact Syndeo to learn more and schedule a free consultation.
About us: As the Heartland’s leading employer services company, Syndeo partners with local business owners to help them minimize risk, improve efficiency and maximize profitability allowing them the freedom to focus on growth and fulfilling their mission. Syndeo fulfills its mission by taking on all of the HR responsibilities for our clients’ workforce, including employee relations, benefits, risk management and payroll.
~Josh Heck is Syndeo’s marketing manager. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (316) 440-9940.