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Size matters: does your company have enough HR people?

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HC Online | 22 Apr 2014, 11:12 AM Agree 0
Having the right number of HR professionals in an organisation is important to make sure everyone can operate effectively without being over-worked, but not all companies get it right.
  • Chris | 22 Apr 2014, 11:59 AM Agree 0
    Well, I know of ratios of, next to no HR for 2000 employees and 130+ HR for 4500 employees.
    I know which of those I find most incredulous.
  • Maree | 22 Apr 2014, 12:11 PM Agree 0
    it all depends on the organisation and the complexity.
    I have been HRM with a team of 7 reporting to me covering everything from training, OHS and payroll/rostering looking after an employee base of 450, or a single HRM covering it all for 300 employees or a site HRM with .5 payroll/hr person for 120.
    All three organsiations are singificantly different in industry sector, unionisation, employee culture and leadership.
    No one metric to detemine HR headcounts fits
  • Heidi | 22 Apr 2014, 12:27 PM Agree 0
    I am the sole transactional HR practitioner for approximately 500 employees, across 4 different service streams (8 offices) with no automation in place at all (currently trialling a time and roster system). I can tell you that it is extremely difficult to manage all the processes I need too as well as meet deadlines and be available to support line managers.
  • Dan | 22 Apr 2014, 12:51 PM Agree 0
    I absolutely agree with you Maree.

    I think, whilst one key element is the complexity of the HR environment, it is also the maturity of the HR environment. If HR is seen as a transactional adjunct to the payroll and compliance needs of a business, then it is quite easy to centralise and therefore increase the HRBP/HRM to headcount ratio. Compared to a business who is quite proactive from an L&D, cultural, safety and branding perspective, you are likely to need a higher ratio with more specialists within the team.

    Like you said, it really depends on the organisation and you simply cannot draw a line in the sand saying this is the magical number.
  • Cook | 24 Apr 2014, 03:02 PM Agree 0
    Agree with Dan and Maree. Particularly Dans comments regarding transactional function. It's unfortunate that there are still plenty of those organisations around paying lip service to the value of their people. BS. Heidi it sounds like you work for one of them. One HR person for 500 employees is simply ridiculous.
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