A human resources manager oversees administrative functions that pertain to employees, and acts as a link between an organization’s management and its staff.
Common responsibilities include:
- Recruiting and staffing
- Employee onboarding, development, and training
- Performance management
- Policy development, documentation, and communication
- Employee relations
- Compensation and benefits administration
- Employee safety and wellness
Larger organizations often have multiple HR professionals on staff to handle different areas. In a small business, one person may manage it all. Working with a payroll provider can give a small business the support they need, including payroll, tax withholding, and an employee handbook. Small- and mid-sized businesses might also choose to outsource some of their HR functions or join a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), which can administer HR services and consolidates your services under one provider, reducing time spent managing vendors.
Many small- to mid-sized businesses choose to outsource time-consuming HR management tasks like payroll, benefits administration, and time and attendance tracking. In addition, PEOs and some providers of HR outsourcing offer more strategic services, like setting up employee self-service, evaluation of benefits programs, compliance tracking and reporting, and customized training and best-practice recommendations.