HR Tips for Small Business


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As you grow your business, human resources is something you will not be able to do without. You can employ people, you can hire sub-contractors or you can outsource but soomer or later you will need to take one or more of these options.

A good rule of thumb is that you should never do any work where you can pay someone to do the work at less than your hourly rate.

Here is a helpful article we found about HR for a small business from Marathon Business Bytes.


Marathon Business Bytes — HR Tips for Small Business


The following are general tips for small businesses, related to managing human resources, with links for further reading.

Have a complete HR policy. A small business’s HR policy should outline the following: employee classifications, such as nonexempt or exempt; equal employment opportunity guidelines; workdays; pay period dates and paydays; paycheck advances; overtime pay; break and meal periods; payroll deductions, including statutory and voluntary deductions; safety and health regulations; fringe benefits, such as vacations, holidays and sick and personal time; performance evaluations and pay increases; and terminations. The HR policy may also include other issues, such as timecard regulations; use of company resources, such as the Internet and telephone; sexual harassment; drug testing; dress code; COBRA benefits upon termination; complaints; and parking.


Know what your legal employment obligations are. Changes to employment take place frequently. If you are laying people off, then make sure you follow best practices and state and federal regulations in order to avoid costly unfair dismissal or discrimination claims.

Provide an employee handbook. It doesn’t matter if you have one employee or 50, it is important they understand the values, key policies, benefits and expectations of your business.

Every person you appoint should be provided with a written copy of their basic contract conditions.  They should sign two copies, one for their personal retention and one for your files.

Have a staffing plan. The plan should sort out how many employees you expect to hire, the type of employee you’re looking for, and what they will be expected to do.

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This is valuable advice. Small business owners are generally quite lax when it comes to employees. But HR is an extremely important part of business and needs to be managed properly.


Here are some additional Best Practice HR Tips from Liane Hornsey, Google VP Operations | MeetTheBoss

Best Practice HR Tips from Liane Hornsey, Google VP Operations | MeetTheBoss

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