Should I… hire an HR manager?

It is a forgotten role but a good HR Manager could steer you to success
By Neil King
Tue 29 Jan 2013 03:08 PM

Pros: A good HR manager will ensure a growing company is properly staffed, and that its employees are properly looked after

Cons: if your company is still reasonably small, an hr manager is not necessary and could be a waste of money

What’s the point?

Good question. Many people actually wonder what HR managers do. And whether it’s worth paying them to “do something rather vague”.  But once your organisation starts to grow, it’s worth thinking about.

But shouldn’t I being doing all the recruitment myself?

Initially yes, especially for a small sized company you need to be totally in control of who you are bringing in.

At what point should I get one then?

You need to really have at least 30 staff on the books before this becomes an issue.

And after that the HR manager does recruitment?

No, entrepreneurs generally keep control of the recruitment side of the operation.  HR is however much more than recruitment – it is about putting systems and practices in place, about taking an interest in the welfare of employees, and all sorts of related issues such as medical insurance.

Shouldn’t I be doing that from day one?

You should, but as the company grows you should quickly start putting better systems in place. Many successful businesses have grown very fast to around 100 staff in a year, and been completely caught out – in some cases nearly brought down – by the lack of HR systems.

How much will it cost?

A competent person to begin with shouldn’t set you back more than AED16,000 a month. After that, if the company grows, you will need to invest more.

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