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Monday
Dec102012

Employee Management Help For Business Owners

HR Outsourcing Firms Ease The Pain

Business owners and executives have many areas of their business to focus on. Opening the door every morning with a to-do list of tasks is challenging enough, having to be concerned with employee administration and compliance can be overwhelming for most. A recent article in The NY Times highlights some of the issues facing corporations larges and small. 

 

Look at the wide-ranging duties of human resources, it’s no wonder that companies are seeking outside help. “H.R. is supposed to be responsible for finding, developing, retaining and training the best people,” Suzanne Lucas, author of a blog called the Evil HR Lady. “It can also be responsible for benefits, compensation, employee and labor relations, business partners, data collection and legal issues.”

Fortunately, there are companies whose mission is to help small and midsize business owners and executives comply with the myriad of local, state and federal employment regulations.

Human Resource Outsourcing is a broad term that defines the performance of an HR service by a third party provider. It could be simply an ASO - Administrative Service Organization that provides a single service such as payroll processing, COBRA or 401k administration. Some are Information Technology firms who have developed software programs to ease the burden of employee administration and HR compliance. Many HRIS - Human Resource Information Systems, Labor Management, Recruiting and Staffing software platforms can be customized to the requirements of any businesss or association. Some firms offer a hybrid of technology combined with professional HR support services.

Employee leasing or  PEO - Professional Employer Organizations deliver a comprehensive integrated model called co-employment which enable business owners and corporations to transfer most of their personnel administration, benefits and human resource compliance to a qualified HR partner. The entire focus of these companies is making sure your business operates a safe and secure workplace, and complies with all of the latest employment rules and regulations.

“Outsourcing firms can take up various tasks, from payroll to benefits to recruiting, to free up a client to focus on its strengths, said Don Weinstein, senior vice president for product management at ADP, a large H.R. outsourcing firm. The new health care reform legislation, for example, will have a big impact on employers, some of whom may be overwhelmed by its complexities.”

It is important that business owners, executives and HR directors determine what services they require today and in the future, or as I like to say “identify what’s broken”. There are many providers to choose from, offering different HR service models and pricing formulas. Trying to identify the right fit for your organization can be a daunting task, but once you do, you will never go back to managing your employees on your own.

Sunday
Jun272010

Choosing HRO and PEO Companies - What is Most Important?

HROs and PEOs - It’s All About PEOPLE

Human resource outsourcing and professional employer organizations provide SMEs, small and mid-size companies with a wide range of valuable administrative, professional, and technical services, whose functions can be burdensome, and disruptive to an organization, if not handled appropriately. Everyday we work with clients to assist in their evaluation and selection of HR outsourcing providers who can not only provide the level and quality of services that will enable our clients to operate more effectively and efficiently, but will develop into a mutually rewarding long term partnership.

In the course of our evaluation process, we examine all of the important functions that a company transfers to the professional employer or employee leasing company. We will look closely into their payroll application and HRIS human resource information system. Usually we arrange a demonstration, so that HR managers and payroll administrators can test a program’s ease of use, flexibility, and experience the power of the HR platform first hand.

We will evaluate and compare each PEO’s employee benefits plans, examining group health plans, dental and disability coverage, and 401k retirement plans. When workers compensation is a challenge, we’ll call for an on-site risk assessment, and go over loss prevention programs, risk avoidance and management systems, as well as OSHA reporting. Usually during the process, a business owner or HR executive will ask “With all of the critical factors we use to evaluate a professional employer organization, which is the most important factor to consider? The answer for me is a simple one.

  It’s All about the PEOPLE.

I agree that there are many important parts of a HRO or PEO operation that requires careful consideration, but nothing in my professional opinion, is more important than the professionals and support staff who routinely handle the tasks of payroll, benefits and HR administration, making certain that everything operates smoothly and error free.

Business executives and HR managers are keenly aware of the important role that technology plays in the administrative process. However, when someone presses the wrong button or adds an extra zero, it can create a world of chaos in any organization. The only solution, a quick and effective response by a capable and coordinated team of professionals who are available 24/7 to handle any potential issues.