How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment

March 13, 2019 | 562 views

How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment
How to Manage HR in a Small-Medium Business in a DIY Environment

Big companies can afford larger, internal HR departments because it is cost-effective to maintain an internal group of specialists. But often, this cost savings doesn’t exist for small and medium-sized businesses. For them, the daily burden of all personnel-related functions falls on the owner or general manager.


If this describes your organization, then the DIY method of human resource management is a necessary evil for you. With fewer employees, you can’t justify hiring an HR professional. Still, you need to handle human capital management, scheduling, and payroll and tax functions.

They aren’t always fun tasks, but these functions are critically important in managing the resourcing, training, use and compensation of employees — your most valuable resource. Managing personnel changes and data also eats into your time, so for most small-to-medium businesses, successfully performing these HR functions requires integrated HR software for in-house use.


An Overview of HR Software

HR software options assist with recruiting, applicant tracking, onboarding, scheduling and attendance, payroll, performance reviews, and training management. Most allow employees to access and update their information too, providing their own data input so you don’t have to. It is a time saver and it allows managers to spend more valuable facetime directly with employees.


Different software applications meet different needs, of course. Your company size and scope of work determines what gobbles up most of your time and, therefore, what type of software is most useful. Where is your greatest pain point?


In addition to a comprehensive HR information software platform, maybe you need to schedule changing work shifts and hours. Managing a company’s human resource pool is critical too, so simplify employee scheduling and maximize profitability by using scheduling software. Keeping labor costs appropriately allocated will add to the bottom line too. More profit and fewer hours = win.


If paychecks, deductions, and year-end reporting are miserable to deal with, payroll and tax software can reward employees in a streamlined way. Payroll and tax services are often separated from other HR software platforms because they are so specialized and complicated. Getting this aspect of HR right is important for legal reasons and employee satisfaction. Software that meets your legal requirements will ease your mind and make tax-season W-2s quick and easy to provide.


If you are a DIY HR manager, make the most of these user-friendly platforms. Keep personal data safely in one place, give employees direct access to their information, and eliminate the time currently dedicated to handwritten records and paper files.


Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. 

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