When to hire HR
Welcome to our new HR blog. It’s a big day for us! We’re launching our newly updated website and writing our first blog post. Let us know what you think of the blog and what you would like us to talk about. Your comments are welcome and needed to make this a blog that is useful for you to read. The hot topic of the week is Segmenting HR. Read on and comment away!
Segmenting HR is like having a sports team without a head coach
When your company is small and starting to grow, HR might seem like an unnecessary cost. This is actually the perfect time to hire an HR professional to ensure that your systems are set up properly in the first place and are ready to grow with you.
The general belief is that HR duties can be dispensed to many different people and everything will still get done properly. “Let’s get Sally in accounting to write offers or termination letters and Jane in reception to keep track of vacation time.”
Sounds simple right? Consider this: What happens when someone has a question about the vacation policy? Do they go ask Jane in reception? Will she know how many years you need to be with the company to qualify for additional vacation days? Will she know who can approve additional carry-over days to the following year?
To keep up the company’s integrity and reliability that is portrayed to staff, consistency is important. A designated HR professional will ensure confidentially surrounding the employee files and salaries, and will ensure the company’s policy and procedure guides are kept up to date.
Office managers, executive assistants and administrative staff generally have many things on their plate, and therefore HR will not be their number one priority. One person looking at the big picture will ensure your team is all moving in the same direction. A designated HR professional can help move your team or company forward towards the common goal.
~ Written by Brenda Maloney