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How to Know When It's Time to Hire a 2nd HR Employee

March 7, 2019 - PRemployer

How to Know When It's Time to Hire a 2nd HR Employee

A human resource employee has a number of responsibilities. They handle administration, manage payroll, oversee risk management, and ensure regulatory compliance, all while attending to the daily needs of employees and management. This is a critical role, and as your company grows so will the demand on the HR professional. Here are some signs that you need more HR support, indicating that it’s time to hire a new employee.

1. Slow Hiring or Onboarding Process

Bringing on new employees efficiently helps lower costs and increase employee retention. In fact, 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding. Hiring a second HR employee can help reduce the time spent on inefficient hiring and onboarding processes that can lead to costly mistakes for your company.

2. High Turnover

Employee turnover is costly, as you’ll likely spend an average of $4,000 to fill an open position. That number increases if you are filling a high-level position. Turnover can also hurt productivity and the quality of service you provide. If you’re experiencing high turnover, this could indicate that you need more help with attending to employees’ day-to-day needs, and adding HR support can help remedy the problem.

3. Increased Payroll Errors

When an HR employee has too much to handle, the result is rushing or a lack of attention to details. This, in turn, can cause payroll errors, which can hurt employee morale, create feelings of distrust when employees aren’t paid properly or on time, and waste valuable time. Increasing the support you provide for your HR professionals can reduce these errors and ensure payroll operations are running smoothly and efficiently.

4. Compliance Issues

Compliance with federal and state laws is critical to the success of your business. However, these laws are constantly changing, and failure to follow them will cost you. HR employees that are stretched too thin are going to struggle to keep up with regulatory changes, which can cover everything from discriminatory hiring practices to pay equality and even paid leave for sickness or the birth of a new child. Adding HR support will lighten the load for your current HR employee, reducing the risk of costly and damaging compliance issues.

5. Lack of Support and Responsiveness

One of the biggest signs that you need more HR support is when you notice that your HR employee is not responding quickly when employees or management have a concern. Your HR department is a key factor in ensuring that your employees stay happy and content, but they need to have the ability to respond quickly and provide support when a problem arises. If you’re noticing a lag in support or a lack of responsiveness, then you clearly need more HR help.

Every company needs dedicated HR support to keep themselves compliant and ensure that their employees are happy and satisfied in their roles. As companies grow, the workload on the HR team grows exponentially, and this can leave everyone frustrated. Adding more HR help when you need it can reduce much of this stress and improve the overall function and flow of your business.

If hiring a new HR employee is not in the budget, you can also partner with a PEO to provide that support without bringing on a new employee. PRemployer is the ideal PEO partner to provide HR support and alleviate the stress on your existing team. We’ll work to fill in the gaps and provide the tools, resources and support you need to improve your human resource operations.

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