As August approaches, the thought of “back to school time” looms for parents and kids alike! There is a sense of excitement in the air, the thought of learning something new, trying something different, or showing what you are made of! There is something to be said about going back to school!
You ever feel like there is a tug of war between the employee and you, the employer? Often, an employee's ideas and efforts to bring value to an organization don't necessarily align with the employer’s organizational goals or objectives. Sometimes, what the employee needs is very different from what the employer expects. That’s where HR becomes a critical piece to this puzzle. HR can use this as an opportunity to make vast cultural changes to your organization.
Hiring the right people, firing, disciplinary actions, administering benefits, monitoring employee performance, issues related to compliance, muddling through an ineffective recruiting process, that employee manual that hasn’t been updated in 4 years...I mean I could literally go on all day listing the things that I’ve heard Presidents of companies, CEO’s and other executive’s (who’ve been kinda-sorta designated as HR) describe as some of their everyday headaches and things that keep them up at night.
While it’s true that most small and even some mid-sized companies don’t need an HR department, it certainly does not mean that there shouldn’t be an HR person or strategy in place because ALL of the things mentioned above…it's ALL HR! So, if you’re one of those employers or managers that’s up at night worrying about HR stuff, here are 3 reasons why a sound HR function should truly matter to you:
(Spoiler alert: a restful night could be in your near future)
Does the HR Department in your organization exist? (Click here to view The Top 10 HR Mistakes All Employers Make) I mean really exist…or is it merely one of the many hats that you wear from time to time? What if you changed clothes every time you changed hats? Wear a power suit when you are making important “business” decisions, a hard hat and flannel shirt while you are getting your hands dirty on the factory floor, or business casual attire while you are handling your HR functions! Sounds silly, but unfortunately, this is exactly what most Small Business Owners and or HR Managers face every day!
“When you can outsource that task to an expert who is on top of these frequent policy changes, you reduce your risk of being out of step with the latest rules and regulations that govern employers,” Perez says. “You’re now able to focus more closely on the well-being and experience of your employees and what you can do to build a stronger culture in your company.”
Smart Business spoke with Perez about why outsourcing has become a valuable tool to help companies manage their HR responsibilities.
Smart Business spoke with Perez about best practices to avoid being hit with an employment lawsuit.