New to HR – Need advice
Hello, my name is Bethany Groot and I just started working for a restoration company doing HR management. They do not have an HR system set up at all and I am brand new to HR with no experience. I am wondering if you can give me tips or advice to help me along my journey in HR.
Thank you for your time!
You’ve come to the right place. First thing I’d recommend is getting yourself up to speed on HR. Then you’ll need to start educating your management and team about HR topics — things like labor laws. HR is a role focused on the people aspects of the business. It’s also very much concerned with avoiding costly mistakes, such as lawsuits due to wrongful termination. You’ll need to learn about basic HR practices, as well as become familiar with employment law for a company of your size. Save a link to our HR section, and use the search bar to search (free) for any topic you want to reference, print or download.
My personal tip when steering managers and leaders (who are my supervisors), into using HR best practices, is to print off articles that provide the information, and give them a copy. You can then review the critical facts with them, or use the article to support why you’re making a recommendation, such as to use a particular software.
You mentioned you haven’t yet got HR software. I can recommend two options. If your company is under 50 employees, definitely check out Gusto. It’s free for the first month, and once you see their demo and pricing, you’ll be impressed. If the company has over 50 staff already, you might consider a software called Paycor that allows your business to grow and add functionality over time. These days, there’s no reason to have a separate system for HR and payroll — they should be integrated. Here are articles that may help you choose.
Finally, consider getting yourself certified in HR. SHRM.org is the industry leader. Ask your company if they’d allow you to join and pay for your annual membership, along with your HR certification training.
Laura, HR Staff Writer, SPHR, MAEd