HR & Employment

Does My Small Business Need a Human Resources Manager?

Business Advice | 1 March 2023 | 1 year ago

When you first start a business, HR isn’t something that you need to pay too much attention to. However, as your business grows, HR for small businesses becomes more important. You might start to find that you have a lot to outsource, that it’s no longer viable to hand out HR tasks as and when they come up. This is when the idea of hiring an in-house human resources manager starts to float around and, for a lot of small businesses, it becomes an option worth considering. In this blog, we take a look at whether your small business needs a HR manager.

What Can HR Do For My Business?

You might already have solutions for payroll and hiring, but HR’s role goes far beyond that. HR is also there to manage relationships across the team and with management, which is a vital part of running a business. Without this relationship management, it’s likely that team grievances will go unresolved, and there is no guarantee that complaints will be dealt with professionally. HR manages everything from finding and hiring staff, to training and supporting them throughout their employment. Plus, with a dedicated HR team, payroll is one less thing for you to worry about.

Do I Need an In-House HR Representative?

There is no denying that a lot of HR work can be outsourced, but it’s not always the most effective way of doing things. Though there are certainly benefits of doing so – such as reduced costs and scalable needs – having an in-house HR representative is likely to be more beneficial in the long run, especially for a business that’s likely to grow in the coming years. For example, it’s less likely that someone who doesn’t work with your team can manage your team relationships well. Simply, there is bound to be a slight disconnect between the team and an outside contractor. It’s also a good idea to have someone in-house to ensure compliance is flawless, and to arrange any training that comes up. This is a lot harder to do remotely.

Your Decision

Ultimately, whether or not you need a human resources manager will depend on the type of business you have and your individual business needs. However, hiring your own HR manager will ensure that you get the support you need as your company expands. If HR duties are starting to add up and hiring someone on a full time basis looks to be worth the expense, then it might be the best option.

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