At what point should a small business look for HR help?
I'm looking to hire for my small business. However, I've had a bit of difficulty in assessing potential hires, and finding quality applicants. Do you have any tips for hiring for a small business? At what point should I look to outsource HR help?
Hold tryouts. Give projects that allow a candidate to showcase their skills.
In lieu of this, hire for who they are.
But really, staffing will likely be the hr of the future and since you are just getting started you probably don't have a lot of restrictive policy.
Hire a hero, outsource.
I provide persons on a results orientated contingency.
Hi Colette. It all depends where you're based but here in the UK., immediately to ensure that you stay abreast of current legislation and avoid heavy fines or future tribunal costs through failure. Here and elsewhere there are plenty of "outsourced" services for a nominal monthly fee, who will keep you up to speed, issue contracts etc. When it comes to hiring, the same goes for recruitment agencies. It will cost you a commission but you can at least "try before you buy".
Colette, many great responses on your question. If you chose to outsource payroll (recommended) the provider should be able to offer you a cost effective HR solution. We offer HR support for as little as $10 per month (self serve) or $30 per month (full serve) with 800# to call PHR certified people.
Determine 4 or 5 key skills required for success in the position you are trying to fill. Then develop 2 or 3 behavior based questions for each skill. This should result in 12 to 15 questions to use in and interview. This will go a long way to better placing the right person in the right role. Hope this helps and best of luck.
Yes There is Important protection for employee ,Protection company interest and motivating employee
Each state has different workman compensation requirements, unemployment insurance costs as well as others. Go to a paycheck company and learn the details and costs. Some of the information will make your head spin. Once you understand the full cost of adding an employee, think carefully about how many and whom. Being stingy will also bite you in the rear. Loyalty is not purchased for 9/hr.
You could look into Virtual Assistance or Independent Contractors. The benefits are cost effective.
I am an HR professional who has been brought in to support several start-up companies at various stages of growth and I would say ALWAYS seek professional HR advice from the beginning if you wish to hire other people. I have had to resolve issues that could have been avoided, such as addressing incomplete or ineffective contracts of employment which would have landed the company in hot water had they been taken to tribunal.
However, I would never advocate spending money unnecessarily so I would recommend that you are selective about the type of HR support you acquire. One company I worked for needed highly specialised technical staff and paid a retainer to a headhunting agency to source them; however, in the absence of inhouse HR, this agency was also asked to source admin staff but there is no need to pay 40-50% of salary for these less specialised roles. Hiring an HR professional actually saved these companies a significant amount of money.
I’m sure you will be able to find an independent HR professional who can give you ad hoc advice on matters that concern you for an hourly rate.
I also think the ‘Small Business Employment Law for Dummies UK Edition’ is really useful. If you read through that, it will give you a very good idea of possible scenarios you may come up against, giving you the opportunity to assess where you really wouldn’t be comfortable or it wouldn’t be appropriate to handle it yourself, and then get in the professional.
The best way to hire employees is from word of mouth referrals. You can use your social network to get the word out. If you use a staffing company, it's a good deal to consider temp to hire placements so you can try your new hire out without committing to a permanent hire situation. Some businesses offer an online HRIS system so you can manage applicant tracking and offer screening tools. If you feel you cannot assess potential hires, then perhaps you should consider a staffing company and then try to obtain some training in recruiting to help you for future hires.
Colette. About now seems a good time to get some HR support. The hiring project is the place to start. The HR support can help with getting the right people into the business and prepare the necessary documentation to ensure compliance with legal responsibilities. As the business grows the HR support can provide further support in terms of systems and dealing with issues.
There are many Job finders companies, these are HR agencies. Jobs.com is one I have used in the past, you post with them what you are looking for, experienced, newbie, talents, skills. You will be notified when they find a candidate.
When do you need an HR person/ help, well I would think when you find your time no longer gives you the space needed to perform the tasks yourself.
Today, I think more than at any other time in this country you need RESUME's. And verifiable work histories. So many people need work, and their word can not always be relied upon. Professional help is very difficult to find, and the right fit for your organization is even more difficult. HR agencies can be of great value in bring prospects to your door, however in the end only you can make the final decision.