Is “Do-It-Yourself” HR Really Worth It?

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If you have or you’re starting your own business, it may be tempting to wear as many hats as possible to keep initial costs down, including a Human Resources hat. However, by doing this, you are missing out on the many benefits a human resources professional can add to your company.

If you’re trying to manage HR on your own, it’s important to understand what an HR specialist actually does. They are more than paper-pushers–they are very often strategists who impact the bottom line as well as promoters of people within the organization. When it comes to employment laws, staffing issues, accessing the latest in HR technology and innovation, and other HR-related issues, you’re going to wish you had an expert to guide you.

It may not make fiscal sense to you right now, but hiring an HR consultant will save you time–and money– in the long run. Here are a few more reasons you should get some help in your HR department:

You need help recruiting top talent.
If there’s one thing you want, it’s probably highly-qualified employees. Developing a targeted strategy to find and attract these individuals can take a lot of time and effort. By using the services of a dedicated HR specialist, you can hand off this responsibility to a professional with the time and skills necessary to find the ideal individuals for your business.

You want help with building “open door” communication processes.
It’s important to have someone in place to bridge communication gaps between company management and employees. Your employees need someone to turn to in order to voice frustrations with the company and report any wrongdoings. A lack of human resources help or a process in place to effectively communicate change, listen to concerns or establish basic work protocols can result in unhappy employees, which will most likely result in a drop in productivity, higher attrition rates and an impact to company revenue.

You need time to focus elsewhere.
As an executive or business owner, your time and effort is more than likely stretched across different departments. A quality HR representative can relieve you from the stress of HR responsibilities. He or she can reduce the amount of paperwork on your desk, develop essential processes to streamline employee issues, train and develop employees thus allowing you to devote your time to other key business priorities.

You plan on having more than 50 employees in the future.
We’re sure one of your goals is to grow your company, and you can’t do this without employees. If you already have, or are planning on having more than 50 employees, it’s absolutely essential for you to have HR guidance. Once your company hits that magic number, laws and regulations like the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Affordable Care Act kick in. It will be a relief to know you have an expert who can help you navigate these often complex legal matters.

If you’re a business owner, manager, or executive who often finds yourself doubling as an HR manager, seek out the services of a dedicated Human Resources consultant. Outsourcing your HR demands can lessen your workload and improve employer-employee interactions. Here at Cisso Bean and Dutch, we’d love to help you make more time for your business. Contact us today for a free consultation.