Is it time to hire an HR specialist?
How to know when the time is right.
You started out with two people in a garage, and now you’re…wherever “here” is. Whether you’re a tight-knit team of 10 in a coworking space, or an unruly gang of 30 in your very own office, there comes a time when every young business needs to think about who is going to handle their HR. After all, you didn’t start a business so you could spend your days doing admin.
It’s relatively uncommon for companies under 30 to have their own HR team, which leaves a significant gap to fill between hiring your first team member and having in-house support. Luckily, it’s not all or nothing. In fact, even if your team is still small but your admin is prematurely slowing you down there are two things you can do straight away:
- Use software: HR platforms like CharlieHR automate the most time consuming processes, and provide a safe and secure place to store your documents.
- Outsource: HR consultants can give advice on legal and compliance, as well as helping you to plan ahead to your future needs.
But what if you’re coming up to the 30 person mark? Or if you’re smaller, but finding your time is being completely overtaken by HR related tasks? Resist the urge to delegate HR tasks to the rest of your team; it may just be time to take the leap and hire your first HR specialist.
Before you make a decision, ask yourself these questions:
- Are we focused on growth? If any of your strategic priority relies on growing your team to support an expanding customer base, investing early in a support infrastructure will allow your HR specialist to get to know your company from the ground up.
- Are we hiring the best talent? Recruitment takes time, but it’s hard for a consultant to sell your company to the best new talent in the same way that you can. Posting jobs in a diverse range of places, fine-tuning an approach and screening candidates are time consuming and delicate jobs that should be done by someone who is invested in your success.
- Are you attentive to compliance? The larger your business becomes, the more risk you take on. Having someone there who can advise you on legal issues before they arise is always going to be cheaper than dealing with the consequences.
- Are you concerned about employee retention and growth? You’ve spent time and energy finding the best possible people, but do you have the time to monitor and support their growth? From tracking vacation time to arranging performance reviews, you need a system that is fair, focused and provides as much attention as each individual needs.
If the answer to some or all of these questions is “yes”, it may be time to begin your search for the perfect HR Assistant or HR Manager.
Even though it may be one of your first non-billable roles, a strategic HR hire may be one of the most valuable decisions you can make for your whole business moving forward.