From today, SMEs across Ireland will be able to save time and money, while boosting productivity and employee engagement, thanks to a partnership between The HR Department and cloud-based HRLocker.
The partnership will combine traditional human resources consultancy with online, automated, administrative applications, providing businesses of all sizes with a full, affordable HR function, without the need for a dedicated HR manager.
Research conducted by The HR Department reveals that almost half (45%) of all Irish SMEs have no dedicated HR function. However, as the economy grows and businesses take on new staff, administrative pressures and employee issues are likely to increase. Considering that small business owners already spend between seven and 25 percent of their time buried under employee-related paper work, the impact of this could be significant.
By automating and managing all their HR administration online, from employee absence management and timesheets to recruitment and performance management to employee records and HR reporting, HRLocker helps employers significantly reduce the time and money spent on tedious administration so they can focus on growing their business. Additionally, as it is an online, cloud-based service, there are no expensive software costs or hardware legacy issues.
Adam Coleman, CEO of HRLocker, comments, “Human resources is an industry that has struggled to keep up with technological developments. That has to change. Paper is dead. The spreadsheet is dying and the future is in the cloud! Automating your HR and recruitment administration can save countless hours of paper work and reduce human error. That’s time that could be better spent making money or creating processes to boost employee retention and productivity.”
Meanwhile, The HR Department will deliver outsourced consultative services to small business owners, from employee engagement and personal development programs to contracts and grievances, which can be married with HRLocker’s admin applications to streamline all HR activities and identify any employee challenges before they escalate.
Human resources continues to be a major issue for Irish small-to-medium-sized businesses. In 2014, 4,162 cases were referred to the employment appeals tribunal, and this year more than 260 cases have already been appealed.
David Bell, Managing Director of The HR Department, adds, “Many of the cases that go before the employment appeals tribunal could be prevented if businesses placed more emphasis on their human resources. In fact, employers that automate their HR find it easier to be compliant with NERA’s requirements. This partnership makes HR management a straight forward process that any small business can manage. HRLocker’s impressive client portfolio is testimony to its quality and we’re delighted to make it available to our customers.”
To demonstrate just how effective HRLocker is, small business owners – can try it out absolutely free for 14 days!
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