Small business leaders often think of human resources as a necessary but one of their least favorite business activities. Many leaders think of HR as a “heavy lift”: they envision mountains of paperwork, red tape, and legalese.
It’s understandable if you feel this way, and the thought of engaging HR professionals for your company makes you want to run away screaming. You’ve probably been burned in the past by overly complicated HR policies and procedures. (Like 10-page employee evaluation forms!)
That’s why we founded INFINITI HR and our partners created Inspiring HR. We wanted a home for small business leaders who wanted to simplify their business lives.
It’s why we describe ourselves as “HR done differently.”
HR Should Lighten Your Load, Not Make Your Work Harder
This month, the theme for our clients and colleagues is “Lightening the Load.”
Instead of HR being a heavy lift, when HR works for you, you should expect:
- Simplified processes for recruiting, onboarding, employee engagement, and retention
- Feeling ahead of the compliance curve and knowing what labor laws impact your company
- Reducing the layers of decision-making
- Maintaining up-to-date resources like employee handbooks, job postings, and job descriptions
- Managers to know the right way to conduct performance management
- Having an HR road map that guides you along your business’s growth journey
The Modern-Day Workplace Needs Modern-Day Human Resources
The pace and dynamics of business have changed since the pandemic. We suspect you’re not the leader you were a few years ago. We also suspect you’re dealing with new challenges—often challenges you’ve not encountered before (or at least this many all at once).
HR should keep up with the pace of change. The modern-day workplace requires leaders who balance business outcomes with creating an inclusive and purpose-driven culture.
Remote and hybrid workforces are changing what employees want and expect from their companies. Gen Z, like all generations, expects different things from their work-life experience than their older counterparts.
All of this could feel like a heavy lift to you. But it doesn’t have to be. Your HR resources and policies should evolve and be in lockstep with your leadership needs.
But maybe you don’t believe HR can ever be a business partner and help accelerate the company and culture you envision.
Do You Have HR “Head Trash?”
Years ago, we participated in sales training, and the trainer talked to us about removing our “head trash.” Those are the stories we tell ourselves that cause stress and for us to doubt our abilities or achieve our desired outcomes.
I understand if you have head trash about HR being a heavy lift. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Done well, human resources empower small businesses.
We can’t speak for other HR professionals, but that’s the INFINITI HR and Inspiring HR way.
In fact, we’ll tell you what to do, step by step, and we’ll help you get it done.
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