At what point does a small company need a dedicated HR
person? Right now our payroll person is handling HR issues. She does an ok job but I wonder if we are
Many small companies who cannot afford an HR person divvy up
HR duties between other administrative staff.
It is not uncommon to have an administrator, finance, or payroll person
handle the critical needs like making sure people get paid and benefit enrollment. Unfortunately, given the myriad of federal
laws that apply to even the smallest companies, everyone needs experienced HR
support from time to time. The rule of thumb in the industry is once you hit 50
employees, you probably need an HR professional and you generally need a
professional for every 150 employees (so you would need two HR professionals if
you have 300 employees).
If you think she’s doing a good job, maybe what you need is
just a quick audit of your HR function to make sure everything is going
well. She will probably learn a lot and
you will have the peace of mind to know that your HR ducks are all in a row!