Running your own business is usually a steep learning curve.
Right from the outset you come up against obstacles that you didn’t even realise existed, red tape and legislation. As your small business becomes established things should become a little easier, right? Well… hopefully. But, with business growth comes more responsibilities.
You may previously have only needed to be concerned about yourself and your clients, but now you have employees to think about. Your business cannot work effectively without these employees but how do you avoid becoming overwhelmed with small business HR responsibilities? How can you keep your time free to do what you need to do, or want to do?
If your employment background was in the corporate world, you may be familiar with the company having a big HR department to do all the ‘admin-stuff’ and not really know what that entailed. On the other hand, your employment experience may mean that you’ve never even received an employment contract, let alone know what a HR department is.
HR stands for Human Resources. The responsibilities of Human Resources staff are wide ranging but their overall duty to the business is the care of one of its most costly and valuable business assets, its employees; for the benefit of the business as a whole.
The management of staff begins before an employee even joins the company, with recruitment. Even in a small business, HR then plays a part throughout the entire career of your employees.
Consider the role of HR Managers:
They have an understanding of employment law and keep up to date with current legislation. They can therefore issue correct employment contracts to safeguard both the employee and the business.
They are experienced in dealing with the tricky areas of underperformance, persistent lateness, and extended absenteeism due to illness or otherwise.
Can deal with investigations into employee grievances, claims of harassment and guide you through any necessary disciplinary actions.
In addition, all employers have a legal obligation in relation to correct redundancy procedure which also comes under the expertise of an HR Manager.
As an employer in a small business you hope that everything runs smoothly and you never have to deal with some of these more sensitive issues personally, but some of them are standard and unavoidable. A person trained and qualified in HR can advise in all of these areas.
It is fair to say, the larger the company the bigger the HR need but even a micro business with just one employee has HR responsibilities. With all staff members being both a business resource and a business cost, the need for HR is relative but essential, even to a small business.
Are you or any of your existing staff experienced enough to cover all this? Can they do it on top of their existing workload?
Most small businesses HR needs won’t extend to needing a dedicated HR employee with these sole responsibilities. But not having an HR system in place is not an option. So, what is the solution?
The most cost-effective way is to outsource your HR support to an external company. Having a managed small business HR package, from a company whose sole area of expertise is HR, is an easy way to ensure that your business has the best HR experience available but at a significantly reduced cost.
For a small business, it has the added benefit of ensuring your business can remain professional when dealing with situations that could easily become personal.
As an employer, you will benefit by having HR experience, on hand, when you need it. The impact for a small business making a poor business decision can be devastating and have long-term negative effects. Being able to call in expert HR advice at the earliest opportunity will benefit both business morale and finances.
Robert Fryers has provided HR support to organisations in both the public and private sector for over 15 years. Realising that many small businesses were left stranded without HR support he created a solution for them.
RF HR Solutions is a HR provider that offers services tailored to your business needs. From onsite support and unlimited telephone and email advice in monthly packages to Pay As You Go HR – there’s a small business HR Solution for all needs.
If you would like to free up some of your valuable time and have the peace of mind that your HR is being dealt with cost effectively by an expert, contact RF HR Solutions for more information.