Big or small, if your business has employees, it has HR needs. In small businesses and large companies, the goals are the same: managing resources relating to employees. The primary difference comes from the available resources for each type of company.
If you operate a small business, you may feel that your HR resources are lacking. However, you can get access to many of the advantages of a larger company at a fraction of the cost. Working with a professional employer organization (PEO) is a great way of getting the same types of resources typically reserved for the largest companies.
Searching for a PEO doesn’t have to be difficult either. Simply call (678) 376-1212 or use the contact forms on this site to connect with a PEO broker for a free initial needs analysis.
For small businesses, it is not uncommon for employees to carry out many different sorts of tasks throughout the day. As a business owner, you may handle sales, janitorial duties, and HR functions all in a single day. Many of your employees may similarly juggle different responsibilities depending on the needs of the business at a given moment.
In larger companies, individual roles are better defined. HR professionals will handle only HR related matters. Large companies typically narrow down the responsibilities of their HR staff to handle one HR function. Recruitment, payroll, benefits, and compliance may all be handled by their own dedicated part of the larger HR department.
Small businesses typically have flat organizational structures. Individuals tend to be on roughly the same hierarchical level. This allows individuals to jump in and take on new responsibilities as the business needs it.
Larger companies are better able to delegate responsibilities, leading to clear differences in hierarchy and cleaner delineations of job duties. A person working in the payroll section of an HR department may cross-train to handle benefits but taking on those responsibilities is often the exception rather than the rule.
Small businesses are frequently struggling to do more with less. As mentioned above, employees at small businesses juggle multiple responsibilities because it can be difficult to afford additional employees. Similarly, expertise and new software may not be cost-effective for a small business.
Larger companies don’t have unlimited resources but typically have much more in the way of resources. A larger company can afford to invest in the latest and greatest software, improving the productivity of the HR staff. Likewise, senior members can offer in-house mentorship to junior HR staff, helping them grow more easily into their dedicated role.
If a small business has a new opening, it may not have a dedicated process in place to bring in candidates. They may rely on referrals from current employees, scrounging networking sites, or posting to job boards. The recruitment process from one employee to the next may be vastly different for small businesses.
Larger companies, with staff dedicated to recruiting, likely have set policies in place. They may be able to advertise openings internally and externally with great ease. They may also have access to applicant tracking systems (ATS) that can speed up the recruitment process by narrowing potential candidates down by needed skills before human eyes see a resume.
Getting Access to Better HR Resources
If you run a small business, starting your own HR department may not be in the budget for the foreseeable future. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get access to the same sorts of HR resources available to larger companies.
A PEO is an organization dedicated to providing HR outsourcing services to small businesses like yours. PEOs work with small businesses by providing either individual HR functions or acting as a full, out-of-office HR department. They do so by providing:
- Benefits administration
- Legal compliance
- Risk management strategies
- Recruiting assistance
Whether you have five employees or 500, there is a PEO with a solution for you.
NetPEO Does the Searching for You
Finding the right PEO can be a difficult process. The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) reports that there are more than 900 PEOs currently operating in the U.S. today. This could make searching for the right PEO a time-consuming process.
At NetPEO, we work with small businesses to find them a PEO with the right services at the right price. We gather your business needs and compile a list of PEOs from our trusted network, reducing your need to hunt for the right sorts of PEOs. We’ll help you arrange your first meeting, help with negotiating the terms of your co-employment agreement, and we’ll be there if your business needs change.
So, if you want to experience the difference of a larger company’s HR, call (678) 376-1212 today to schedule your free consultation with one of NetPEO’s knowledgeable brokers!