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Any advice would be helpful. Recently started at a tech consultancy and am building up the HR function. Thanks!

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You can work with outside vendor/partners to outsource payroll and benefits, which I learned over time running HR. Benefit Brokers have specialists who can provide customer service to your employees. Start by creating an Employee Handbook which will force you to cover the basics. Make sure you have a good legal partner, employment lawyer to review legality of language and in case you have serious employee relations issues. Consider a good HRIS system to capture employee data and one that may tie into recruiting. You’ll want good data and accurate information. I learned to have niche/specialist vendor/partners for more tactical things so I could focus on org design and talent strategy.

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Take time to build the foundation first and make sure it’s a solid one. Build out processes that can scale as the organization grows. Unfortunately, when starting from scratch, it’s not the sexiest work, but if you jump over the basics and go straight for the sexy work, you’ll set yourself up for long-term failure. By basics, I mean payroll, benefits, comp, systems, operational support, etc. - the ‘back office’ functions. Then you can move onto the “talent” work like org design, career frameworks and pathing, strategic programs, etc. and of course, everything will take a backseat when the inevitable ER issues crop up and suck up all your time and energy 🤷🏻‍♀️.

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Values/mission are another important exercise early on. They will be your North Star as you design people and culture programs.

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Thanks for the advice!

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What do yo need HR for?

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I can provide some guidance. Have started multiple companies/agencies. Feel free to reach to me

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