Updated: Jun 21, 2019
As an entrepreneur or small business owner, it's normal — and in fact, necessary — to wear many different hats when you're first starting out. But if you want a successful and profitable business in the long run, there comes a time when your management-related tasks should be handed off to a knowledgeable and talented HR professional.
Below, six successful human resources executives from Forbes Human Resources Council, an invitation-only organization for HR executives across all industries, discuss the reasons why entrepreneurs and small business owners greatly benefit from having an HR professional on their team.
1. To Help You Grow
Hiring a talented HR professional will demonstrate your company's commitment to growth and sustainability to current employees, future customers and funders. Creating an infrastructure for scalability will forecast your growth while the creation of your mission, values and goals ensures future and existing employees that they're headed in that same direction. - Michele Gonzalez-Pitek, The Unity Council
2. To Help Set the Tone for Your Startup
Although it would be ideal to have a talented HR professional from day one, it may not be a viable option on a bootstrap budget. However, once you start having teams that operate beyond your direct scope of management, it's important to have an HR professional who can help scale the business according to the company's compliance needs and align the company's vision with its practices. - Angela Nguyen, Ad Exchange Group
3. To Help You Stay Ahead of The Game
By hiring a talented HR professional, you're investing in your company's most valuable asset. But make sure you hire them before you "need" them. Usually, the event that triggers the need isn't awesome, like receiving an unemployment claim. However, sometimes it is, like an employee announcing they're pregnant. Just don't wait until after the cupcakes settle in your stomach to realize you don't have a maternal leave policy in place. - Courtney Mudd, Influence & Co.
4. To Help You Hire the Best Possible Talent
The success of any company is its people. Small businesses and startups benefit by bringing on an HR professional to help attract, find and secure talent who complement their area of expertise. Suppose as an owner or entrepreneur you have great technical expertise; an HR professional can help you build a lasting all-star team. - Kristin Williams, Ultra Mobile
5. To Help You Achieve Your Vision
We've all heard the saying, "the early bird gets the worm," and it couldn't ring truer for startups that employ an HR leader from day one. Startups succeed when their vision, mission, and goals are achieved at a rapid pace, while still maintaining an image as "the place to be." HR leaders play a strategic part in any successful company, and having them from day one can only push a company further. - Sarah O'Neill, Digital Trends