Most people think of outsourcing for menial, repetitive or procedure-driven tasks. For a growing SMB this can also apply to more hands on roles too, one example of this for my business is Human Resources. Employing a couple of onsite full time staff and managing a large number of onsite and offsite contractors, HR is an essential part of my business but one that I detest and am not experienced in. However, it does not quite justify a single full time role and as Director I do not have the time or skills to manage all aspects of HR for my business.
This is where Kristy and her team at Footprint Recruitment come in. Kristy and I would often bump into each other at various business functions and would banter with each other on twitter (Kristy is @FootprintCC on twitter ), a recurring whinge I would often have is the amount of time and effort HR was costing me and my business.
Footprint have come up with a small business HR package to help small business with their HR. We have been trialling this with Kristy and I have to say it is money well spent. This is how it works, we pay Footprint a weekly fee and for that they will handle any HR tasks and answer any HR questions we have. Some of the things we have hurled at Footprint are:
- Create the wording and place ads for us on SEEK;
- Vetting of job applicants;
- Staff questionaire to gauge job satisfaction with report and analysis of the results;
- HR procedure documents tailored for my business;
- And a myriad of HR related questions.
As your business grows HR becomes a necessary and one of the important gears driving your business engine. If you are like me, needing to run your business and not needing to learn a new job role, I would encourage you to have a chat with Footprint to see how they can help you with your business HR needs. For me, they’ve been a Godsend!