Before we dig in to the debate, let’s quickly define what goes into HR, or Human Resources. Essentially, HR is anything and everything that relates to the management of your workforce. It involves recruiting and hiring new employees, assessing, managing and motivating existing ones, paying people on time, thinking through workplace safety, and adhering to labor laws too—to simply name a few things.
Did we mention admin and paperwork too? There’s plenty of that to go around also.
When it comes to your employee management and responsibilities, employers generally have two options: you can grow your HR team internally, or you can share the workload with an HR partner.
Let's take a look at these two options.
Handling all of your HR in-house is certainly an option—whether you take it on yourself, add HR duties to an existing manager's role, or hire a HR specialist to tackle it full-time.
Choosing the do-it-yourself path gives you total responsibility over how you stay compliant, compensate your employees, offer benefits, and take care of your team.
DIY in-house also means a few other things worth noting:
Option 2: Share the workload with an HR partner
Another option is to join forces and share a portion of your employer responsibilities with a local HR partner. While you still need someone internally to do the strategic day-to-day, face-to-face people-work of HR, an outside partner can help you with certain back-office functions like payroll, benefits, workers’ compensation claims, compliance, and a variety of other HR tasks.
It’s a strategy that can streamline your workforce management, reduce your employer liabilities, give you access to a greater pool of specialized talent, and even lower your labor costs.
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