How to Start and Grow Your HR Department

Building a human resource department is necessary for every business. However, if you are still in the early stages, you might have problems hiring all the required people. At first, you might have one or two persons doing everything, which is tough. These five tips will help you start and grow the HR department of your organisation.

Which positions do you need?

Before you start forming your HR department, you have to understand all the roles within the function. Keeping this information in mind will help you realise who the right people to add to your team are. Director of human resources is the leader of this department. Besides them is a human resources manager, whose focus is on the operations side. There is also a staffing coordinator, development officer, and human resources generalist, all having different roles, from personnel to the administrative side of operations. Having all these roles in your team depends mostly on your budget and your business needs. Of course, if you are a startup, you will, most likely, have troubles with finding enough money to fill all these roles. However, if you want to cover all positions, you could consider business loans.

What should be your first hire in the department?

Although you can hire people in all positions, you don’t necessarily have to, especially in the early stages of your business. Set your business goals, and according to that, think about the first hire in your HR department. In many cases, the ideal person would have to know how to handle multiple responsibilities at once. In other words, that person should, in the beginning, work on many positions at the same time. When you find a person who completely fits your needs, name them a director of human resources. As we said, that person will work on many positions at the same time, but if they handle it very well, you will know that you can keep them on that position once you decide to expand your team. 

Create a hierarchy of your department

This step is correlated with the expansion of your HR sector. Once you have more people in the team, you should create a hierarchy. Obviously, the director will rank highest. Alongside their other duties, they will have to monitor everything that is going on within the department and organisation. Other areas of the human resources department should cover training, staffing, benefits, and so forth. As we said, you might consider having one person to cover multiple areas of the department. If that is the case, you should put that person right after the director in your hierarchy. Follow that path towards the end of the structure. 

Educate your HR employees

Once you create your HR team, your primary goal should be to keep them satisfied and happy within your company. Show them a clear career path and provide growth opportunities, both personal and professional. In other words, invest in your employees! Save a part of your budget for online courses, and give your employees access to such opportunities. They will learn new skills which they can apply in their positions. However, talk to your employees before that. Ask them what part of their job they have the most trouble with, and provide them with courses that will help them overcome the difficulties they have.

Be clear with expectations

To retain the best employees in your team, you will have to set up clear expectations for every short-term or long-term goal. Come up with straightforward rules, and make sure that every employee abides by these. Very soon, you will see who can handle all tasks by following the rules, and also who is motivated to achieve goals. That is the only way for you to realise who are your best employees. If they continually manage to complete their tasks successfully, express your gratitude towards those employees, and reward them.

The human resources department is vital for the success of any organisation. The right HR team will find the right people for other positions in your company. As a result, you will have high-quality, loyal employees, and you won’t have to be in a constant search for new workers.

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