Not every small business has the resources for its own HR department. At many startups, it’s the owner or manager who ends up taking on these additional responsibilities. Here are some critical tips for anyone who will be taking on human resources duties at a company.

Critical Tips for Success in Your HR Responsibilities

  1. It all starts with recruitment—Before you even get to the managing of employees, you should make hires. Hiring is a crucial HR responsibility, and the best HR departments will actively recruit the best talent. Instead of just passively waiting for applications to flow in, human resources managers should be carefully crafting job descriptions for job boards and actively searching for good organizational fits through social media like LinkedIn.
  2. Keep good records—Proper record keeping influences everything in an HR department. From employee complaints and discipline to tax forms, everything must be in order, or your company risks falling out of compliance or being legally exposed. Record keeping starts with an employee handbook that lays out company policies and then continues through every incident and employee review. Tax forms and payroll stubs also should be properly maintained to ensure that your company complies with state and federal laws.
  3. Stay up to date—Labor laws change often. So do tax laws. So do laws surrounding benefits and leave. Failing to keep up with the shifting federal, state, and local legal landscape can put a company at risk and drive employees away. A good HR manager keeps up with the law and anticipates changes.
  4. Focus on employee development—Human resources isn’t just about keeping things in order. It’s also a key tool in helping a company grow. HR departments are increasingly expected to keep employees engaged in order to help retain the best talent. Employee development is one way to make employees feel like they have a future with a company and make them want to be more productive.
  5. Get some help—For anyone who already has responsibilities at work, this might sound like a lot to take on. It’s easier and more affordable than you would think to outsource some of these responsibilities to a Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) agency or to outsource the entire HR department with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). These outsourcing options can help keep your company in compliance and growing, all while allowing your employees to focus on their core jobs.

To learn more about what an HRO or PEO can do for your business, contact LBMC Employment Partners today.