Concentrate on Success: Outsourcing your human resources lets you focus on the big picture
By Lynn Lochbihler
Containing costs is of prime importance for any business. Keeping the
cash from flowing out the door can mean the difference between
outstanding success and abject failure, whether the business is an
enormous multi-national conglomerate or a small family shop.
There are many ways to go about this, but one of the more popular ones is to outsource some functions. Although many people think of this as solely the province of large corporations, it can serve a purpose in small business as well. For example, most smaller firms do not have full-time accountancy staff. Instead, that function is contracted out to either an individual accountant or accounting firm. This situation is so common that most of us don’t even think of it as outsourcing, but that’s precisely what it is.
One area where outsourcing can pay off big is in the human resources department, especially when smaller companies are involved. A lot of the time in these situations, HR functions are distributed among various members of senior management (General Manager, Operations Manager, Owner, etc. Whatever your title is, you know who you are). It’s unfortunate, as these are the people who have the least time to spare, usually don’t have any professional HR training, and often not the right aptitude for dealing with HR matters.
The right human resources firm can help with this. For example, rather than interviewing potential new hires, dealing with the legalities associated with the HR function, and implementing necessary HR procedures, your Operations Manager can focus on, well, operations. By outsourcing, senior staff can focus on your core business.
Aside from providing management with more time to focus on their primary work, outsourcing to a company specializing in human resources has other benefits. They are, after all, specialists, and like other specialists, have considerable expertise in their field which can save the company time, $$$, and headaches.
Human resources experts can provide advice, guidance, solutions and implementation, all while leaving you in ultimate control of your company’s destiny. One of the nice things about outsourcing your HR needs is that the right firm will provide you the best in service. After all, they want your business, and they are willing to do what it takes to keep it.
There are a number of things to consider before hiring an outside company to handle your human resource needs. The amount and type of service provided are the key factors in this regard. We have Human Resources Facilitators on call who can provide quick HR support by phone or email, typically within less than four hours from the time the inquiry is made.
Flexibility is more important than ever before, especially when it comes to the needs of small companies. We offer HR support packages customized to suit your particular needs. Perhaps you prefer a pay-as-you-go approach. Or maybe you’re more comfortable with putting us on retainer. In either case, we work with you to find the solution that works best for your company.
In the final analysis, outsourcing your HR needs may be the best thing you ever do, because it allows your senior staff to concentrate on what they do best, while we concentrate on what we do best: helping you succeed.