10 tips on creating HR processes and policies for startups

You're a go-getter. You've spent months, if not years, getting your startup off the ground. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you've done most of it on your own. But, regular tasks like recruitment, hiring, payroll, benefits plans and employee care are slipping away from you, and there's that nagging voice in your head that's telling you that you need some help. Yet, you don't think your startup is quite big enough for an HR (human resources) department. So, what do you do? In this article, we'...
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8 common payroll problems to avoid

Payroll is much more than just paying your employees their salary or hours worked. When it comes to payroll , it encompasses not only wages but deductions such as taxes and social security as well as health insurance and more. Payroll can be difficult for some startups, so today we look at eight common payroll problems to avoid.   #1: Setting it up incorrectly Payroll is complicated, especially where taxes are concerned. Not only are taxes a vital part of payroll, but they are difficult to ...
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AI can transform HR from a cost center to a core strategic asset

The single most important asset for any company is the people—the human capital—yet many companies struggle to attract and retain the talent they need to drive innovation and growth. To achieve their strategic goals as well as satisfying employee expectations, companies need to transform their HR processes and technologies to support stronger data analytics. While good office design and employee perks create a pleasant working environment, data-driven policies are the real key to "becoming the b...
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5 ways human resources software pays for itself

Although many start-ups initially rely on their goal-oriented, collaborative culture to support their people management needs, such a relaxed attitude isn't an effective plan for growth. Instead, by investing in human resources (HR) software you'll spend less time dealing with HR admin and free up more time to focus on achieving your business goals. Crucially, you'll be able to ensure compliance with regulations and policies to avoid any problems in the future. John Crowley shares here five ways...
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4 crucial roles of artificial intelligence in entrepreneurship today

  Despite being firmly embedded in much of today's technology, artificial intelligence (AI) still conjures for some people the ominous science-fiction images of a future when intelligent robots wipe out humanity and take over the world. And yet AI is already improving finance, healthcare, education, transportation and other industries, while many of us benefit from AI very time we use our digital personal assistants. Many businesses have already adopted AI-based solutions and there's a grow...
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Need proof you need HR? Here it is.

​ Are you one of the many companies that needs a real, tangible reason to hire human resources staff? If you need proof you need HR, here it is. We're going to look at period-underwear company, Thinx , and how their lack of proper human resources negatively impacted their business. Thinx: A Case Study Period-underwear company, Thinx, started with one woman's brainchild to provide women with an alternative to traditional menstrual products. Their highly absorbent, washable underwear replaces main...
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5 reasons why your startup needs human resources

Historically, HR has been the catch-all department for hiring, payroll, health insurance and other administrative tasks. It was seen as the way to get payroll moving and to handle problems. In reality, HR is much more than this if it operates effectively. It’s about creating a company culture and enhancing the worker experience in addition to the administrative work. Here are five reasons why your startup needs human resources to succeed and thrive. #1: HR saves you money By having a human resou...
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What will HR look like in the coming year?

During the past year, organizations have been recognizing the need to improve employee engagement, invest in leadership development, and introduce new ways to manage performance. While these trends look set to continue, a shift in governance, changing demographics, concerns about student loan debts, and the latest advances in technology, will be giving rise to new challenges for human resources professionals in the U.S. In this article Jon Forknell looks at how these issues will shape HR strateg...
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Things startup owners need to know about HR

Human resources (HR) is important to your startup. Why? The human resources or personnel function at your business is much more than handling payroll or health insurance. Your human resources staff can play a crucial role in taking care of your employees, improving morale and handling conflict. Because we strongly believe in the impact human resources can play in your company, we look at things startup owners need to know about HR. The culture is created Your HR department can spearhead the deve...
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The startups trying to fix the bias problem in hiring

Hiring the best talent is crucial for the success of any business and yet— despite adopting initiatives aimed at encouraging diversity—hiring managers and recruiters may still be influenced by their own subconscious biases when evaluating potential candidates. One way to overcome this problem is to implement a blind recruitment process that conceals a candidate’s gender, race and educational background. This article looks at the solutions offered by three startups that can help you put this into...
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