The Role of Human Resources: Why It’s Important

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Many small businesses don’t prioritize a formal or structured HR department as they feel they don’t have sufficient size or complexity and can handle people-related issues without an HR partnership, thereby saving an expense.  As the organization expands and more employees are hired, there are likely to be more growing pains when it comes to employee recruitment, retention and engagement.  The individual that was taking care of all the “HR” work is really specialized in another area of the business leaving them feeling overwhelmed and often deprioritizing all the “people issues.”

Unfortunately, many organizations don’t place enough value on HR and how they can help in improving employee relations and organizational culture and pay for this indirectly in many other ways.  Retention is key to any organization and is often achieved through fair and competitive salaries and benefits; but more importantly, organizational culture and investing in your people regardless of which generation category they fall into should be a high priority.  It’s proven over and over again that people will stay at a company if they feel valued, appreciated, and respected.  Employee performance is high and the cost of turnover is low when organizational culture provides opportunities for growth, leaders are visible and accessible, wins are celebrated, and clear missions and values are understood by all. 

The question arises as to whether a full time HR hire is required and if so, and at what level of seniority, which also leads to decisions about salary. Let’s face it, hiring an HR Manager to lead a small but growing organization might not make sense right away but at the same time HR help is needed and vital.  After all, if current employees can focus on their specialized areas but have the sense of relief that someone is available for all “HR” stuff, they can then focus on what they do best.

Our team of experts at Bridge Legal & HR Solutions can guide and support you with a cost effective and flexible work arrangement to support your Legal and HR needs.  We will provide a free initial consultation to assist you with your questions: 647-794-5442 or

Why Should I consider Hiring an Outside HR Consultant?

Depending on the size of your organization, you may want to consider the services of an HR Consultant to assist you with your most pressing needs which quite often are “people” related or centered.  The most urgent concern is ensuring you are legally compliant, but there are other pressing and important needs such as hiring, training, employee engagement, health and safety, HR policies, and performance management.

Having an experienced HR consultant avoids the need for an internal hire at a fraction of the cost for equivalent expertise.  This strategic approach allows the organization to effectively address other pressing concerns while knowing that important people issues are properly managed and addressed. The executive team can gain back time and resources by leveraging HR consulting allowing themselves and their teams to focus on maintaining clients and growing the business.

An HR Consultant can provide training, tools and resources to equip the management team with the necessary leadership skills and utilities to manage their people more effectively.  If the department heads can become better “HR leaders” as a result of coaching and mentorship then this will benefit the organization.

How Can Bridge Legal & HR Solutions Help You?

Our experienced team of HR Consultants have the expertise and passion to assist you with all your Legal and HR requirements.  We will consult with you to find the perfect solution to address your needs with solutions for HR and legal areas that not only ensures you are legally compliant, but also helps to provide efficient HR practices without significant expense.

Our services include the following:

  • Employee Contracts
  • Employment Law Support
  • HR Handbooks and Manuals
  • HR Policies & Procedures
  • Immigration Services
  • Leadership Training
  • Legal Compliance Reviews
  • Recruiting Support
  • Employee Surveys
  • Workplace Harassment & Violence Investigations
  • Termination Support

Contact Bridge Legal & HR Solutions at 647-794-5442 or at for more information.  We are here to work closely with you to ensure all your HR and employment law needs are met.

You can also access our free on-demand webinarWhy is HR Important for Your Business‘ on our learning platform. The webinar discusses the purpose of HR, common myths, 5 key reasons why HR is important for your business, the advantages of hiring an external HR consultant and when an HR needs to consult with an employment lawyer.

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