LUXA Human Resource Articles

Top 4 Human Resource Challenges Today

There is no doubt that employers have many human resource issues to work through.

Increased awareness among employees, litigation, and governmental regulations have all impacted how employers and employees interact. We wanted to find out what the top issues are facing employers today, so we talked to a few employers to determine what they are dealing with. Here is what they told us:

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Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Pros and Cons to hiring Employees or Contractors

Small businesses have many decisions to make regarding how their companies are run; whether to lease or buy a building, how to manage accounting functions, and human resource management just to name a few. One big decision is deciding between the option of hiring employees or using subcontracted professionals to manage work flow. There are pros and cons to each one. Our hope in this article is to provide you with information to help you through the process.

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Top Human Resources Issues For Small Business

We live in a rapidly changing world. These changes include how we manage and lead employees. Recent studies by Human Resources professionals identified a number of challenges facing employers of all sizes.

  1. Retaining and developing top performers- As the workforce gets older, finding ways to attract younger employees will be important. Developing new nontraditional compensation formulas and work hour flexibility will help attract and retain top performers.
  2. Employee training- An employee development plan will move your organization closer to its long term strategic goals.
  3. Technology- Keeping your organizations technology up to date (hardware & software) will be critical in your future success.
  4. Understanding compliance issues- There are increasing federal, state, and even local statutes, laws, and rules that every business must follow. Developing an understanding of these mandates will help keep your business out of trouble.
  5. Failure to have written job descriptions- Every job should have a specific job description outlining the tasks necessary to complete the job. This should include skills and training needed by the employee.
  6. Lack of a formal hiring process- Every business should have a hiring process that includes:
    1. Detailed application
    2. Background checks
    3. Past employer reference checks
    4. Drug testing, if needed
    5. An interview process that includes more than one person
    6. Personality testing if appropriate


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