Yes, You Do Need HR in Your Small Business: Here Is Why Part 1 February 26, 2021 Written by Lindsey Nicole Anderson
Traditionally, HR focused on hiring, termination and annual pay-review. HR has more recently been reframed and now covers a broader territory in even the smallest businesses.
When starting a business we tend to focus on the legal pieces of HR, being compliant with our local and state laws, while all other areas are left on the back burner.
Here are just 8 of the major pieces of modern HR:
Recruitment (we all want our business to grow!)
Training & Development
Employee Law Compliance
HR plays a much more significant role than just what is listed above. The HR function also takes the lead on employee wellness and personal development. It is a huge part of developing positive business culture, improving employee and personal engagement along with productivity.
Now, we know that starting a business has many pieces and that some things are on the learn as you go page of the business plan. And that is ok! Just remember that when it is time to start looking to add employees you want to make sure you're prepared and your brand remains protected. It’s your baby after all.
Is it just you or you and a partner as you start your business? Now you have plans for growth and bringing on new employees. It is really time to be mindful of what happens when you begin to flourish or want to expand. You will be looking to bring in a “New kid on the block” and need to have the position, its duties and benefits laid out to post the new job listing then to onboard and train your business’ brand. It holds you and any newcomers accountable to the company expectations. This is not something that you want to be on the “learn as you go page” as you are actually doing it.
Managing people comes with its challenges, but having a seamless process will help ease you through those growing pains and get right back on task to continue growing your company, while keeping your customers, employees and, most importantly, yourself happy and on track.
The value of HR isn’t always apparent when you're just starting and/or have little to no employees. It can be easy to think that not much can happen or will need to change with a small, intimate team . Well, at least not anytime soon. Then boom! Customers are pouring in, orders are starting to pile up, your host needs a week off for finals, your prep cook severely cuts their finger, you have 6 interviews lined up for the assistant management and second line cook positions you just posted, and tons of emails flowing in about catering. How do you figure out what your next step is without hurting your business and its growth?
Have a plan. Have a specialized set of publications that are custom made to your brand so that when growth, challenges, onboarding, training updates or anything else comes up, you are ready to tackle it head first. There is no need for the added stress when the answer is just the flip of a page away.
This business is part of your legacy and you want to make sure it is prepared and protected to thrive until the end of time (or at least until dinosaurs come back and you have to accommodate our old friends' return). You totally got this!