Are YOU the HR Department?

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At many small organizations, the HR department is comprised of a team of one. In fact, according to Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), almost 10% of their 275k+ members work for organizations with less than 100 people on staff. And smaller staff sizes often mean the HR department is a one-person show. Having additional support for recruiting, training, development, and benefit administration is ideal for many organizations that just isn’t feasible.

The mere volume of human resources work alone could leave any HR professional drowning in paperwork. Yet most organizations not only want standard HR requirements met, but additional development as well. While all of this may sound daunting to a single person operation, it is possible. In our experience, the most successful solo HR professionals learn to create a balance between providing strategic guidance to their organization and utilizing support resources when needed.  

SHRM spoke with a few of the country’s top HR professionals who single-handedly run their departments to uncover how they are not only surviving, but thriving at meeting their organizations’ needs. What they found was that many HR leaders are using similar solutions to get the job done. So, what are their secrets to success? 

• Technology: There are many great tech resources available to smaller organizations now that were only available to larger groups before.

• A Connection Network: With a team of HR reps, there are always ideas flowing and new solutions being shared and discussed. But when you’re the only person on your team, you’re typically not afforded this luxury. By creating a connection network with other HR professionals, you can stay on top of the latest developments in HR and have the support of others in your field to bounce ideas off. This can be accomplished at a local level and national level through various groups, organizations, and online websites like LinkedIn. By joining such groups, you can easily become part of the conversation and stay in the loop on what’s now and what’s next within your field. 

• Partnerships: One of the greatest qualities to have when leading a department alone is knowing when you need help. Sometimes certain issues take precedence over others and while both are important, you can’t be all things to all people. Lots of HR professionals who fly solo develop partnerships with established vendors and consultants, thereby creating more helpful resources for themselves. With the support of these relationships, they are better equipped to give 100%. By enlisting the help of other service providers, human resource leaders can focus on the areas where theyre really needed and accomplish the goals theyve set forth for their organization. 

If youd like more information on how to incorporate HR solutions into your success plan or need support for your HR team, contact us. We specialize in recruiting and strategic development and will create a specific solution that is right for you and your company.