Human Resources for Small Business

human resources for small business

These Human Resources for Small Business links and resources will help you become better acquainted with managing your small business’ most important assets – people!

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While the definition of a small business may vary by industry, the 2018 Small Business Profile, produced by the SBA Office of Advocacy, reports that the majority of small businesses have fewer the 100 employees. For small businesses owners, it is important to understand the various aspects that make up the human resources landscape to effectively manage their workforce in compliance with federal rules and regulations.

Having a great human resources department can be what sets your business apart from others. As a small business owner you may very well function in the role of HR and the following resource guide provides insights to gain an understanding of the field.

COVID-19 Human Resources for Small Business

Shelter-in-place and physical distancing measures affected many businesses. U.S. small businesses employ almost half of the U.S. workforce and they are the human toll of this global pandemic. The following links offer guidance on human resources for small business issues to support and manage their workforce in the time of COVID-19.

Federal Agency Resources

The section touches on federal agencies that layout the various rules and regulations for managing the workforce.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Labor Relations Board

  • Employer/Union Rights and Obligations – independent Federal agency created to enforce the National Labor Relations Act. Provides examples of conduct that could violate the law along with information on collective bargaining.
  • The NLRB Process – process charts for Unfair Labor Practices and Representation Election.

Human Resources for Small Business Topics

The section addresses the key components that make up the human resources landscape.

Our blog post, “Competing for Talent,” addresses some key staffing considerations when recruiting.

Compensation and Benefits

Training and Learning

Labor and Employee Relations

Organizational Development

  • What is Organizational Development – discusses the definition of organizational development, its goals, examples of common organizational development interventions and techniques, and the OD process.
  • Organizational Development Guide – provides a template which helps small businesses to make a positive culture within the employees.

Human Resource Associations

Additional Small Business Resources 

Already in business or thinking about starting your own small business? Check out our various small business resources:

Remember, you can also receive free professional business advice and free or low-cost business training from your local Small Business Development Center!

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