As your small business grows into more products and services, you'll want to bring on additional resources to supplement the skills your staff already have. Whether it's full-time employees or part-time, off-shore contract help, recruiting and managing a larger workforce is challenging. Include hiring a human resources consultant in your expansion plan to let you continue to focus on your company's performance while they handle the following HR needs.
Creating a Performance-Based Workplace
As you bring in more people to work in your company, the need for a program to monitor and evaluate employee performance becomes more important. Your HR resource can help establish ways to set employee goals and gather information throughout the year used to evaluate performance. Regular performance reviews will be established to help staff and management understand how well the goals were met. This also helps management to learn how to set effective goals that allow employees to be motivated while moving the company forward.
Establishing Guidelines for Issue Management
With a larger workforce, there is an increased need for policies on how to handle employee issues. From dealing with the chronically late employee to one that becomes abusive to co-workers, your HR contractor will make sure that your company reacts within the federal and state labor laws.
Rule of Engagement When Working with Other Companies
Your HR resource will help you create policies on how to engage with other companies. You may contract out the development of a part of a product or service to another company. Both companies benefit from the arrangement, but both also need to protect their own assets. The types of activities the rules of engagement will cover include:
- which sensitive materials each company has access to
- how each company interacts with the various staff on both sides
- how PR and social media is handled by each company
- the level of confidentiality that each company is bound to
These rules establish the terms under which you and another company work together and the acceptable behaviors once the project has completed.
Managing a Geographically Diverse Workforce
You may determine that using remote employees working in another state, or offshore contractors, gives you the best skills to support the company. This complicates the human resources issues and requires an understanding of how the laws in different states and in other countries must be followed. Your HR resource will make sure you are compliant in each case and can also advise you when working with a particular location is more effort than the benefit.
The more you expand your workforce, the more complicated the human resources issues become. An HR contractor will help you create that larger, more diverse team, while you continue to focus on the company's strategic targets. For more information on the services of a human resources contractor, contact a company like Dynamic Dialog.