Close your eyes, and imagine to be at the Hawaii. You are in the ocean, with a surf board, and looking at a giant wave coming towards you. How do you feel in front of such a challenge?
The answer goes from a range of “excited” and “fearless”, to “afraid” and “overwhelmed”. A giant wave can cause fear in the heart of a surfer, but also an incredible amount of courage.
Why did I mention this now? This image reminded me of how small companies sometimes feel in front of their own growth and path: afraid, but also very much thrilled. They may be motivated, but also scared because they do not know if they are going to do everything right, and if they are going to succeed. They have a lot to think about, a lot in their mind, and sometimes they neglect an important part of their job: the management of the human resources.
Managing HR in a small company can be tough. Recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, and motivating employees is hard work. And, guess what? It is only going to get harder as the amount of work will intensify, as the company will increase its size, and as the talent acquisition war will be more ferocious.
What a small employer should be doing? How should a startup or a company at its early stage manage everything? A part of the solution can be to have a cloud-based app that can make you more effective at hiring, retaining, and motivating employees. Some take innovative approaches that can bring benefits even if you do have an established HR department. There are some tools and solutions that companies can use in order to ease the amount of work an HR should be doing.
HR and Mobility
Does a startup need an HR person? Sometimes startups see Human Resources as an accessory, something they do not really need. Startups are focused on their growth, on finding the real talent, so they do not list HR as a top priority. But this may lead to serious consequences: what happens when somebody do not fit in that culture, and when there are issues with the hiring process? When those problems happens, it is HR duty to take care of it. But younger people, less experienced, do not always understand how much the HR department is actually doing.
The other issue, beside not understanding the real value of the Human Resources department, is its cost. Small businesses sometimes cannot afford hiring a team to do the administrative work, that also manages the small group they actually are. As a consequence, startups and companies are now turning to outsourced or software-built services that fill the gap.
Workplace mobility is now viewed as an essential. A new research shows that only 13% of organizations have a single HR system and on average companies have 3-4 different HR applications. Of course, mobile is playing a huge role, and more organizations will use mobile apps to support their workforce.
The ones we sugges? BambooHR, Cezanne, Sage, Kronos, Namely, Gusto, Workable, Jibble, Dapulse, Zenefits and Ascentis HR.. but maybe you already know them.
Human Resources is not just a department that you should watch from a certain distance, but something to embrace and implement in the system. At the beginning, some mobile and digital solutions can be very helpful and make a huge substantial difference. There are a lot of new apps out there, that offer a comprehensive all-in-one solution for your HR needs. Apps can help you to build a consistent process, especially when your Human Resources force is almost unexistent.
Startups and small companies need to be like the surfer that faces the wave, and goes and gets on it, because they are not afraid to tackle their own development.