Does a Small Business Need HR?
HR departments are critical for small businesses with growth ambitions in the long-term. However, small businesses might not have HR departments due to low growth ambitions and low employment. Regardless, not having an HR department shouldn’t hold you back from making the right hires. Here is how your small business can achieve recruitment success without an HR team.
Interestingly, making the right hires can be most important when the company is in its earlier growth stages, as wasting money and time on unsuccessful hires can really hamper business growth and set the company a few steps back. So how can small businesses without an HR department get out of this predicament? When there is no HR department yet making the right hires is extremely important? We believe the answer to this is automation and team collaboration!
What Recruitment Automation is and How It Helps
It is estimated that 70% of small businesses in the US handle HR functions with unspecialized staff members. This is done alongside their main core responsibilities when necessary. These tasks can make up up to 13 hours a week for these businesses, and distract staff members from their core responsibilities. Usually it is the small business owners or administrative staff that take up these responsibilities.
What’s worse than having less time for your core responsibilities because of your peripheral responsibilities? Taking too much time on your peripheral responsibilities! Small businesses usually hire HR personnel when they realize they cannot handle HR functions with unspecialized employees anymore. Well, AI & automation can make recruitment before the introduction of an HR department a lot less straining than it is, and save you a boatload of time!
Tasks like candidate communication, candidate screening, reporting & analytics, filtering/searching and candidate profile creation & storage can all be made easier with recruitment software like Hirebee. And the ease at which they can be implemented make it user-friendly for all users.
How a Collaborative Recruitment Platform Helps
However amazing automated hiring is, at the end of the day, it is the human responsible for the decision-making. Simplifying and shortening the hiring process doesn’t necessarily mean making the right hires. Missing an HR department can translate to a flimsy decision-making process, with personal biases present and organizational fits not realized.
This is why it may be a good idea to get some of the team involved, instead of delegating all responsibilities to yourself or another staff member not specialized for HR. Encourage other staff members to give their feedback on certain candidates. With a decision-making process based on multi-level feedback, you’ll be eliminating personal biases in your hiring and realizing more organizational fits with less pressure on sole individuals!
Sharing candidate profiles, leaving feedback on candidates with feedback forms, a specialized interface which makes the candidate database (that’s right, no spreadsheets) easily accessible and navigable, in-house team communication and assigning user roles and permissions are some of the features which make team collaboration with Hirebee super cozy and robust. Candidate profiles make it extremely easy to access relevant information and enable team collaboration on a case-by-case basis!
All in all, small businesses without an HR department will need to leverage technology for their hiring to ease the pressure on unspecialized staff, with automation and team collaboration being the key to success. And Hirebee can enable just that, and ensure that your team is a recruitment success story!