Operating Your Business Without an HR Department

(Post written by Rick Dacri, April 10, 2014)

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that many companies are choosing to operate their business without a human resource department. In 2007, in a published article I wrote, I discussed how many organizations I have worked with have successfully run their business without an HR pro on staff. I pointed out, that to do it well, while avoiding potential pitfalls, managers should do the following:

  1. Delegate HR responsibilities to their managers, after training them first
  2. Develop systems that promote consistency
  3. Know the law
  4. Use outside experts to handle thorny workplaces issues
  5. Address workforce issues immediately

Properly addressing compliance and workforce issues, while at the same time increasing productivity and employee performance, are the critical challenges facing many executives. With outside, professional expertise, many companies can operate well without an HR department.


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