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Hiring the right people, managing them to get results and staying legally compliant can be a full-time job, in addition to all the other responsibilities that go along with running a successful and profitable business. As a small business owner you may not need a full-time Human Resources professional, but you do need help with employee issue:
- To stay legally compliant – every business, whether it has one employee or more, has to comply with certain federal, state and local laws. As the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse. An HR professional can help you understand and comply with the laws that apply to your business.
- To make good hiring decisions – if you’ve been disappointed in an employee’s job performance or experienced frustration when that “great” employee leaves you for another opportunity, you know how important it is to select the right applicant and be clear about job expectations. An HR professional can also help you with background checks to make sure you don’t hire someone who will damage your business and its reputation.
- To establish policies that set the tone for your business operations, rather than creating “reactive” policies after you’ve had problems. An HR professional can help you create an employee handbook that incorporates your company culture into the policies that establish guidelines for your employees, as well as meeting legal requirements.
- To assist with workplace investigations and terminations – investigating employee complaints and dealing with performance issues can take up too much of your time. An HR professional can provide objective assistance and make sure that you treat people fairly as well as help protect you and your company from employment lawsuits.
- To train and develop your employees and management team – HR professionals can provide a wide variety of employee training programs, including leadership development and executive coaching, to help you and your employees reach the next level for your business.
- To help you automate routine tasks, such as recruiting applicants, on-boarding new employees, maintaining legally-required employment documentation, tracking paid time off, etc. by utilizing HR software designed especially for small and medium businesses.
- To help you assess your current practices and decide which steps to take next as you grow your business to the next level.
An HR professional can help you with all of your human resources needs, from hiring the right employees, running background checks, creating employee handbooks that include anti-harassment policies and procedures, managing employee performance, staying legally compliant, automating employee records, and anything else you need to create an environment where employees can provide the services that you need to run your business.