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Setting up a new HR department for your small business? Or maybe you are in the process of restructuring and improving your current one? It's wise to reach out to professional HR consulting services for help, given the wide range of jobs HR is expected to handle.
Here are the top five functions of a typical HR department and some of the challenges each function poses that might require some timely HR consulting advice.
1. New Employee Recruitment & Onboarding
A growing company will inevitably need to make new hires from time to time, and that means HR must define needed positions and the qualifications required of those who hope to fill them.
There are many issues of timing and efficiency involved in advertising an open position - and you have to know how to attract the right candidates. Taking applications, conducting interviews, and sifting through the applicants to select new hires is fraught with legal and practical pitfalls - HR consulting can help you avoid them.
Finally, initial employee orientation and integration are no small tasks. Pro HR consultants can pepper you with ideas on how to make the onboarding process smoother.
2. Training & Talent Development
Training employees to do new tasks and making timely, smart, well-executed promotions to the right people is also key to company growth over the long term.
HR needs to find ways to make employees feel like they belong in the "company culture" and nurture healthy employee-employer relations. This may involve measuring employee satisfaction, promoting better engagement, and working through workplace conflicts.
Once you have a healthy work culture where people want to stay, they become interested in finding ways to add new skills and achieve advancements. That's where HR needs to implement a fair, predictable training and development program.
3. Handling Employee Benefits
Today, great employee benefits are as much of a reason to take and retain a particular job as is the basic compensation. The ins and outs of managing employer-based health insurance, pension plans, and other popular benefits is anything but simple.
Aside from elective benefits management, HR also has to deal with required benefits like Social Security and Workers' Compensation Insurance. It's easy to see how complex questions and disputes could arise, and it falls on HR to resolve these issues quickly.
4. Creating A Safe Work Environment
OSHA rules are both numerous and complex, and at times, totally non-intuitive. State and local governments may also impose various safety regulations applicable to your small business.
Your HR department doesn't directly create a safe workplace, but they will be instrumental in making it happen from a paperwork and management perspective. HR must also keep detailed records of on the job injuries and safety violations to show to inspectors.
5. Keeping Your Company Compliant
Besides just helping your workforce to keep up good morale and your business to run smoothly, your HR department is also critical in avoiding costly lawsuits or government fines.
HR consultants are experts at helping your HR staff clear legal hurdles and avoid (or win) legal challenges. Discrimination suits, alleged safety violations, and other compliance issues can harm your company's bottom line and its reputation - and your HR department needs to be equipped with the information to avoid all that headache.
For timely, competent assistance in all areas of HR concern, reach out to Summerlin Benefits Consulting today for professional HR consulting services!