Thursday, June 11, 2009

Why Outsource Human Resources?

Utah LEADS guest post by Kathleen Jolly

Why Outsource Human Resources?

When businesses don’t have the time or resources for handling the HR function, outsourcing is a cost-effective alternative. Outsourcing can save money by eliminating the need to hire specific talent and keep overhead low. It can also increase productivity allowing business owners time to focus on core business activities and be more strategic within the company. Businesses view HR outsourcing as a strategic tool that relieves them of HR responsibilities and enables them to focus on what they do best.

Typically, smaller or mid-size organizations can’t provide or reproduce the kind of full-service HR department that outsourcing can provide them. In addition to allowing them to concentrate on their core business activities, outsourcing provides some key benefits, including:

• Providing skilled professionals who are focused specifically on HR
• Helping to reduce and manage operating costs
• Improving employee relations

Outsourcing can also improve basic service by providing resources to handle needs, increasing accuracy and meeting compliance standards. Depending on the size of the business and how much control they want to maintain over HR functions, they can either outsource all their HR tasks or contract for services a la carte.

The basic services offered by HR outsourcing firms may include:

• Create or update employee handbooks and policy manuals
• Develop and implement a compensation program
• Create or review a performance appraisal system
• Provide sexual harassment training
• Recruiting, training, and development
• Overseeing organizational structure and staffing requirements
• Employee orientation programs
• Tracking department objectives, goals, and strategies
• Employee and manager training
• Benefits administration

HR outsourcing is a really good buy for an employer’s money, they still have control in all the areas they want control. All of the administrative human resources functions are taken care of by the vendor. It’s pretty invisible to employees and provides the management of the company the ability to deal with the business of their business.

Whether you're looking to outsource the entire HR function, a portion of it, or a specific project, it's good to know you've got options.

[Kathleen Jolly is the owner of HR Factor Inc. ( She has over 20 years of Human Resources Experience, is PHR Certified and a member of both the National and Salt Lake Chapters of Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)]

Monday, June 8, 2009

4 Most Important Things in a Real Estate Agent

(Today's Guest Post is courtesy of Rob Aubrey - Associate Broker, ALC Member Keller Williams Utah Realtors)

1. Experience-This is the most important experience. Someone that has been through the real estate cycles. When markets shift, they always have and they always will, you want someone that understands where you are and what is going on. 67% of active sales agents* in the state of Utah have never experienced the market we are in.
2. Negotiating Skills- The ability to negotiate is very critical in real estate transactions, this is where top notch agents earn their keep, and they can save you and or make you money.
3. Technology- I don’t mean just a pretty business card web site. I am talking about the all the searching tools, find and extract valuable data, able to provide massive marketing and exposure.
4. Staffing- Professionals know their strengths and weaknesses. Smart ones understand the value of hiring a talented people to do task better than they do, like paperwork and routine things. Top professionals spend their time doing lead generation, presentations, and negotiations, not scheduling inspection appointments.

*Data source Utah department of Commerce, Real Estate division.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Set Yourself Apart!

Call for Guest Blog Entries!

Do you run, own or sell for a business in Utah? Here’s your chance to get some additional exposure!

I’m looking for Utah sales, networking and business people to guest blog on the Utah LEADS blog.

Here are the details:

1. Write an article that tells readers about you, your service and/or your product. What sets you apart from the pack? How can you help the reader?
2. A great blog post would be something like “5 Ways to Know if…” or “10 Best Practices in the Field of…”
3. Type it up in a Word document and email it to along with a picture of you.


I look forward to featuring YOU and what you DO!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Joins us For Utah LEADS Breakfast

Join us for a Utah LEADS
(Let’s Eat and Discuss Strategy)
Business Breakfast

Date: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Time: 10:00 AM—11:00 AM
Denny’s 401 West 7200 South, Midvale, Utah

Join us for breakfast! Bring your business cards and be prepared to share leads and ideas. This is our inaugural meeting and the cost to you is only the cost of what you order from the menu! (There may be a small fee for future events – stay tuned!)

 Come network with other Utah professionals and business leaders!
 Be prepared to have a good time while eating a delicious breakfast!
 Limited seating—you must RSVP (no dues for this inaugural meeting)!
 Meet the founders of LEADS and see how we can help you and your business grow!
 Share YOUR business ideas with your peers!


RSVP by calling (801) 835-9715