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Q: I started a business just a little over six years ago. In the last couple of years, things have really started to take off. I have been adding staff like crazy and managing that process in a very ad hoc fashion. It's getting to be just a little too much for me though. Is it time to bring on an human resources

A: It's certainly something to consider. If there are other areas of the business you're better equipped or more interested in focusing on, a good HR team can definitely help you optimize through the growth you've been experiencing. A good first step might be to ask your AppleOne representative about the Equalizor program. The Equalizor is designed to bring the capabilities of an HR department to organizations that don't quite have the resources or need for a full-fledged HR department yet.

If you've reached the point where you really do feel like it's time to set up your own HR team, a traditional rule of thumb is that you need one HR person for every 100 employees. However, through a growth phase like you're experiencing now, particularly where you're also trying to implement new HR procedures and processes, you'll probably want to shoot for a lower ratio initially. This will obviously depend on the specifics of your business situation and what your immediate goals are. –Staffing Success

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