In the best of times, running a successful small business requires a careful balance of operational efficiency, exceptional customer service and healthy profit margins. Add a pandemic to the equation, though, and you’re looking at a host of challenges that threaten to disrupt this balance at any moment.
But do you know what can, and should, remain a constant through the good and not-so-good times – and can actually keep your business on steady footing? Human resources, or HR. With strong and consistent HR practices, you can improve employee engagement and performance, enhance workplace culture and protect your business legally – all of which can help you achieve your goals and ride the waves of change. Plus, you can turn to efficient, user-friendly employee management software to make HR management easier and more accessible than ever.
Although the concept of HR doesn’t change, how you handle it if you’re a small business vs. a large one certainly does. Large companies often have dedicated HR departments with dozens of specialists responsible for hiring and firing, training, payroll, and compliance. Midsize companies, on the other hand, may outsource some HR responsibilities, such as payroll and accounting services, while keeping employee management duties in-house.
Small businesses, however, rarely have the ability to specialize or outsource, which means everything resides with the owner or a few assigned managers. And although you may be tempted to relegate HR to the bottom of the list, or cut corners to focus on other matters, this is a risky proposition.
Your business can achieve a few key benefits by prioritizing HR tasks on a daily basis:
Fortunately, your small business can now turn to web-based HR software to manage your ever-growing responsibilities and achieve these benefits. Furthermore, by migrating more of your outdated, paper-based HR processes to online resources, you can:
It’s easy to move your employee management responsibilities online with HRdirect Smart Apps. Each app is designed to solve a specific employee management task – from hiring, onboarding and recordkeeping to attendance tracking, performance management and posting/policy compliance. Working together or independently, HRdirect Smart Apps give your small business the ability to customize your HR solutions and reduce the overall burden.
To get started, check out the FREE Employee Records app. In just minutes, you can set up and add your employees, then maintain essential documents and personnel information in one central, secure location. Not only is everything at your fingertips, but you can also allow employees to update their own details. It’s the perfect foundation to a strategic, forward-thinking online approach to HR.