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Summer Intern Series: Keeping Up with the Future of HR

by Andrea LibalJuly 18, 2019 3:51 PM

When you’re thinking of starting a business, your passion is ultimately what drives you to provide the best product or service. The first thing that comes to your head is not about the technology you need for payroll, or how you are going to recruit top talent. Need an employee handbook? “I’ll type something up real quick.” 

These are just a few of the many human resource topics you can easily put on the backburner without realizing the full scope of responsibilities you now carry as a business owner. As for the future of HR, it’s only getting more crucial for businesses to stay compliant with laws and stay protected.

Two small business owners responsible for many HR functions, including payroll and taxes. 

HR Responsibilities for New Business Owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration puts the followings tasks under human resources:

  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Payroll and benefits
  • Employee retention and compensation
  • Laws and regulations

Recruiting can be a difficult and frustrating process. Doing it the right way, the first time, will save you time and money to produce the best results down the line. This can result in hiring committed, talented, and loyal employees that will benefit your company and your bottom line. “Where do I even start,” you may ask. A job description and an employee handbook can get the ball rolling, but you must write both correctly to save yourself in the long run. According to HR Dive, 72 percent of hiring managers say they provide clear job descriptions, while only 36 percent of candidates agree.

Once you have employees, you must have a system for payroll. Again, you may not know where to start. You know how much you want to pay your employees, but now you must log hours, file taxes, and keep up with your own finances. This is where retention and compensation come into play as well. Keeping up with workers’ compensation, healthcare, 401k, and all other benefits go hand in hand with retention and compensation. According to MetLife, 51 percent of employers say using health and wellness benefits to maintain employee loyalty and retain talent will become even more important in the next three to five years.

Lastly, staying on top of laws and regulations can be overwhelming because of how often they change. Failing to put these new regulations into place can result in legal issues, which is why it is essential to stay on top of them. Dozens of new laws take effect yearly and as an owner, you are responsible for making sure your company is compliant. 

Set Your Business up for HR Success

Preparing for the future of HR can be simple with the right resources. Being able to embrace change, technology and the new workforce is essential. Now what can GMS do for you? GMS is a Professional Employer Organization that puts all of your HR responsibilities under one roof for your company. We have the HR experts who will keep your organization up to date with the latest regulations, making sure you and your workforce are protected. 

GMS has you covered when it comes to areas like payrolltaxhuman resourcesrisk managementbenefits, and healthcare. We help you reduce costs, limit your business risk, and save time and money when it comes to HR administration. Contact GMS to see how we can help manage and benefit your organization!

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