The partnership will combine our 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.
Last year we conducted a survey of 400 Irish SMEs that found 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 SME 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.
Meanwhile, The HR Department will continue to deliver outsourced consultative services to business owners, from employee wellness and personal development programmes 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 businesses. In 2014, 4,162 cases were we 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, business owners can try it out absolutely free for 14 days by visiting http://login.hrlocker.com/account/register/1006