Many small and mid-sized business owners across the country are struggling to navigate the HR landscape on their own. Most lack the personnel and resources they need to grow into profitable and successful businesses. Entrepreneurs and small business business owners require expert assistance now more than ever, in order to stay compliant with the recent explosion in employment rules and regulations. As HR legislation continues to evolve – the Affordable Care Act, E-Verify, employee classification, minimum wage increases, and new reporting requirements. Employers big and small are grappling with ways to handle administrative tasks like payroll, benefits administration, employee training, talent recruitment, and more. The good news is that many successful startups and small businesses have discovered a one-stop solution that allows them to handle all of it:
A Professional Employer Organization.
Through a unique co-employment relationship, companies are able to outsource HR and benefits administration to a Professional Employer Organization. This allow business owners to focus their attention on operations and the bottom line, while their PEO partner navigates critical HR applications and employee benefits responsibilities. In a recent survey by payroll processing industry leader ADP, small business owners stated having difficulty with basic hiring tasks such as finding qualified and reliable candidates. This may be due to the fact that 8 of 10 small businesses do not have any employees with formal HR or recruiting expertise. As a result, companies spend an average of 32 hours and nearly $1,000 per new hire on processes such as screening and interviewing candidates, processing forms, and on-boarding new hires. This does not account for the cost of lost productivity, nor emphasize the importance of filling the position with a qualified and productive individual the first time.
The ADP survey also revealed another major concern, employee retention, whether new hires will stick around in their positions, and for how long? This may be the result of failing to make the necessary financial and time investments in new employees. Limiting on-the-job training and investments in your workforce can have negative consequences for a company. As baby boomers head into retirement, and millennials make up a greater percentage of the workforce, many employers find engaging and retaining top talent to be a significant challenge.
Gallup research from January 2016 found that only 32% of U.S. workers were considered engaged in their jobs. By partnering with a Professional Employer Organization, growing companies will gain access to enterprise level human resource expertise, insurance services and HR technology, enabling start-ups and small businesses to provide more robust benefits in an effort to attract and retain employees.
Some advantages that a full service Professional Employer Organization offer are:
• Career development training
• Employee assistance programs
• Fortune 500 employee benefits and plan administration
• Low cost “Low-Load” 401(k) retirement plans
• Recruiting and retraining assistance
• Support from experienced HR professionals
According to a recent survey by the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, a trade association for professional employer organizations, NAPEO estimates that between two and three million Americans are currently working under a PEO co-employment arrangement. With over 700 Professional Employer Organizations operating across the United States, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small business owners have more choices than ever before. We recommend working with an experienced Professional Employer Consultant to assist you. A qualified employer services advisor can identify the best PEOs or HR outsourcing firms to help you focus on growing a successful and profitable business.