Hiring and managing employees is one of the most burdensome tasks a small business faces. You have too many other things to do besides worry about recruiting workers, offering benefits, managing payroll and an arsenal of payroll tax issues, as well as workers’ compensation and other items.
Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) offer a solution to this problem. Delegating core HR tasks can save time, resources, and headaches – allowing you concentrate on core business endeavors.
The benefits of hiring a PEO include:
- Built in expertise – PEOs know the legal and logistical requirements pertaining to their services so you don’t have to wander the mazes of employment regulations and bookkeeping know-how.
- Bundled HR assistance – most firms provide multiple human resource needs, saving companies from having to do payroll, background checks, and benefits management in-house.
- Lifting the burden of potential litigation – many PEOs also offer risk assessment and liability protection.
Determine your human resources needsIf your company has employees, chances are it could benefit from a PEO. They saves time wading through employment regulations or performing background checks and let you get down to business.
Shop aroundWith hundreds of PEOs to choose from, finding the best one for your company can be daunting. Professional organizations and private vendors both offer listings of member PEOs, some by sending several free quotes from local PEOs.
Ensure a seamless fit with your businessWhen you've narrowed your choices, be prepared to ask detailed questions. What kind of written agreement governs your relationship? What if you're not satisfied with services offered? What certification and/or licensing does the PEO carry? What assurances regarding employee litigation can the PEO offer?
- Remember that you may not necessarily save money using a PEO, but you will save time managing myriad HR issues.
- Check to see whether your PEO is licensed by your state.
- Have an attorney review the service agreement between your company and the PEO.
- Reassure your staff that their jobs are not in jeopardy due to outsourcing; the PEO is there to manage human resources issues.
- Ask what services are offered as a package or “a la carte.”