09 Feb Putting “Human” Back in Human Resources
Building an HR Department that Works for Everyone
Believe it or not, small businesses have a number of significant advantages over their larger counterparts. Sure, big businesses reap the benefits of diversified revenue streams, strong branding, political clout, and the economy of scale — but small organizations tend to be lean and innovative while possessing a special bond with both their employees and their communities.
However, the competition remains stiff — and in an attempt to keep up, many small businesses have begun utilizing strategies formerly relegated to the corporate toolbox of larger organizations. Case and point: the HR department. Many local companies are getting wise to the benefits of expert help with tasks such as recruiting, hiring, payroll, mediation, and compliance with applicable state, local, and federal employment laws.
Ostensibly, the HR department is also supposed to serve the function of liaison between management and the employees, as well. Aside from the fact that many business owners consider employee happiness to be one of the more rewarding aspects of their work, there are also many practical business reasons to keep your workers content. After all, when turnover is high and morale is low, productivity and efficiency tend to suffer — while low turnover and high morale and hallmarks of a successful organization.
Unfortunately, many employees in this day and age have begun to mistrust HR departments, as popular perception paints HR as being “on management’s side.” (And, it is worth admitting that many managers foster this unfortunate notion by believing it themselves!) When conflict is commonplace, and when employees and employers do not feel they are on the same team, productivity and efficiency become nearly impossible.
That’s why, here at Jadestone Solutions, we believe in a different kind of HR. Here are just a few concrete steps we take as we strive to help small businesses capitalize on their inherent connection with their employees and their communities:
- A Well-Rounded Approach to Success. In addition to HR management, we also assist our clients with finance, business administration functions, employee wellness programs, and other issues that commonly necessitate professional consulting.
- Education over Easy Advice. Many consulting agencies take the easy road by simply “telling” their clients what to do. Here at Jadestone Solutions, we strive to educate our clients on the pros and cons of every option at their disposal. This empowers you to continue growing and learning, rather than simply depending on external assistance.
- Creative Solutions to Complex Problems. No two businesses are exactly alike — so why do so many HR firms offer one-size-fits-all solutions that could be found with nothing more than a quick Google search. We promise to take a personalized, creatively-driven approach to every problem you present to us, because your business deserves better!
- Integrity and Transparency. We are committed to donating a portion of our profits to charity, while striving to assist other small businesses in their journey toward sustainability and success. Our company — and our unique approach to HR — has been featured in numerous publications, including Bloomberg and Business.com. And we look forward to what the future holds. We hope to experience it alongside your organization, so be sure to reach out and contact Jadestone today to learn more about how we can work together!