Internal partnerships are important to HR. Typically, a Small Business HR Manager will consistently connect with the Owner(s), an Attorney, Finance, and Employees.
When proposing new strategies, it is important to get buy-in from the Owner(s) in order to gain the trust and support of others in the business. The Owner(s) can assist HR in promoting and enforcing policies.
Federal, state, and local laws are important considerations in all aspects of HR - recruiting and staffing, employee relations, labor relations, compensation and benefits, and training and development. For example, it is imperative that HR seek legal approval for certain documents, such as a non-compete agreement, to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and does not expose the business to legal risks.
The Finance department owns the budget and is to be consulted regarding hiring and other large HR expenses. Although the hiring manager usually controls department-level budget, changes can occur at the business level, so it is a good practice for HR to ensure that the manager has the appropriate approval to open a job requisition and hire a new employee. The finance department can also provide quarterly and annual financial information for HR metrics, including recruitment costs to determine cost per hire, HR technology fees, vendor payments, and other HR-related costs.
Partnership with employees is equally important as partnering with other departments for business accomplishments. To promote a safe workplace and ensure a reliable workforce, HR should consider seeing employees as partners in the company. Training and Development will be more effective when employees feel they are partnered with HR for their career growth and engagement in the business culture.
Assisting with the management of employees and managers, supporting the company's mission, and continuously improving HR processes can take a big part of an HR Manager's work day. Forming partnerships with various HR Vendors will help alleviate the pressures of the daily grind and free up time for the HR Manager to focus on more strategic functions.
Some HR areas that businesses may consider partnering with external vendors would be activities such as reference checking, background screening, drug testing, payroll activities, and conducting exit surveys.
Vital Business Solutions has worked with many HR Professionals that needed assistance periodically to ensure their department was compliant and organized. We have also worked with lots of Small Business Owners, who weren't sure what HR was supposed to implement and just needed a brief HR review to guide them in the right direction. We welcome your questions, please contact us at 202-832-1388.
We will address this topic with greater details during our April - Small Business Owner Workshop. More information will be sent your way soon!